A soon to be bountiful collection of research and data

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lab Hours

11 hours researching artifacts online, digging through catalogs in the library, and bouncing between cards and databases in the museum....it's been a long week but I've found out a lot more about my artifacts!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Artifact findings (gladly accepting help or hints!)

Artifact 74-2-1 is looking more and more like an African tribal spear.  The steel tip looks similar to African spears and South Africa does have bamboo.  South Pacific tribal spears are usually wood and stone and carved so it's not likely to be from any of the Islands. 
Artifacts 74-2-26 a and b are wooden knotted clubs most likely from a South Pacific group.  They are likely a raw form of what would have become carved or polished and embellished with stones or ivory. 
Artifact 74-2-38 is a straw Italian sun shade produced in the late 19th century and most likely purchased by Alice during her Grand Tour travels through Italy.  The only other one of these found thus far is listed as American made and from the 1860's-80's that is in the Metropolitan Museum.
Artifact 74-2-79 is a fibrous sack made from Kete (woven Flax) produced by the Maori.  

If anybody has any helpful hints for me or any questions about my findings let me know! :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

catalog help

Hey all,
If you're having trouble finding a place to start looking at catalogs for research there's a good amount of them in 3 north of the library around N 5000~ish.  They're arranged by region and there are lots of Maori, New Zealand, and aboriginal catalogs. Hope this helps!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lab Hours

2 hours docenting on Wednesday and about 30 minutes trying to research my artifacts

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lab Hours

1 1/2 hours working on the NAGPRA Repatriation assignment


"Notice of intent to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (February 20, 2001).  In 1880 Ernest T. Jackson collected a buffalo horn spoon in Montana.  Sixty-six years later, a relative of Jackson donated it to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.  According to the Peabody's records, this spoon came from a Crow grave.  Classified as an 'unassociated funerary object,' the spoon was scheduled for repatriation to the Crow Tribe of Montana."American Indian Art, Vol. 27(2):82, Spring 2002

"Notice of intent to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (March, 26, 2001).  In 1902 a stone bear effigy washed out of a grave on the Klamath Reservation in Oregon.  An unidentified Klamath Indian gave the object to a Mr. L. Warren, who, a year later, turned it over to the Peabody.  By NAGPRA standards, this is an 'unassociated funerary object,' which the Peabody agreed to repatriate to the Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon."American Indian Art, Vol. 27(2):85, Spring 2002

In approximately the 1940s or 1950s, 193 cultural items of ivory, 
bone, wood, and stone were removed from the Iyatet site, in Nome 
County, AK, by anthropologist Mr. J.L. Giddings and local guide Mr. 
Louis Nakarak. The objects were subsequently purchased by Mr. William 
Holman of Pacific Grove, CA. Mr. Holman then donated the objects to the 
Monterey Museum of Art on November 20, 1978. The 193 objects of 
cultural patrimony are 42 harpoon or projectile points, 38 pendants or 
beads, 3 fire-starters, 4 hand tools, 6 fishing weights, 37 carvings, 1 
scraper, 3 dogsled runners, 1 club, 4 needles or awls, and 54 other 
objects made of ivory, bone, wood and stone.

Monday, April 21, 2014