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About JessicaC

Jessica is a Museum Specialist in the Archeology Program at the Northeast Museum Services Center/National Park Service. She majored in history as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has a master's degree in historical archeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is particularly interested in 18th and 19th century American history and material culture.

It’s Not Easy Being Beautiful: the Beauty Industry in the Archeological Record

“How do I look?”  We’ve all said it.  Despite our knowledge that beauty is skin deep and that it’s what inside that matters, we all take measures to look our best.  Americans today are bombarded with advertisements for whiter teeth, … Continue reading

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NMSC: Our Best of 2016!

2016 marked the 100th birthday of America’s National Park Service.  For those of us here at the Northeast Museum Services Center (NMSC), it’s been a productive and fulfilling year.  Once again, we were privileged to work on a variety of … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Pottery at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Throughout the past year NMSC has been working on processing a large archeology collection from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  This collection contains a significant amount of prehistoric material, including some great examples of pottery dating to the Woodland … Continue reading

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Furnishing Hampton: Development of Historic Furnishings Reports at Hampton National Historic Site

This fall, NMSC’s former Senior Curator Laurel Racine accepted a new position as Chief of Cultural Resources at Lowell National Historical Park (LOWE).  Although we miss her terribly, we are excited about this new opportunity for Laurel and look forward … Continue reading

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Youth in Archeology: Our Past, Present, and Future

Anyone walking through the South Common in Lawrence, MA around noon on August 11 probably noticed a group of people gathered for a ceremony.  That day, the seven teenagers who had spent their summer as members of the Urban Archeology … Continue reading

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The History of Fort Stanwix in 10 Objects

Before we launched our March Madness competition on Facebook a couple of months ago, I knew a bit about Fort Stanwix National Monument.  I understood the vital role the fort played in the American Revolution.  I knew that the original … Continue reading

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Little House in the Archeology Lab: How Laura Ingalls Wilder Made Me a Historical Archeologist

I would embarrass myself if I tried to explain here exactly how much I love the Little House books.  I read them when I was eight years old, am reading them again now 30 years later, and have read them … Continue reading

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Scratch-Blue at Petersburg, Part 2: the Scottish Connection

Remember our 2012 post about the mysterious scratch-blue creamware sherds from the City Point Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield?  These lovely, little, unexpected sherds really struck a chord with us, and the questions left unanswered after our initial blog post … Continue reading

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What’s in Your NPS Archeology Collections? Take a Look at Gateway!

Here in the NMSC archeology lab, we love writing for our blog.  A lot of the work we do involves detailed, precise, painstaking tasks that are crucial to collections management.  We sort, organize, order, and label.  We check, check, and … Continue reading

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Archeology Collection Summary: the Cove House Site at Gateway National Recreation Area

The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area contains a barrier peninsula called Sandy Hook, which extends about 6 miles off the north end of the Jersey Shore and encloses a portion of the Lower New York Bay.  Historically, … Continue reading

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