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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

When it comes to archeology, what’s love got to do with it?   Well, everything really.  Archeologists aim to understand human behavior through the recovery and analysis of material culture.  Love is a basic and universal human behavior, but assigning such … Continue reading

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Glass Mystery Object Follow-Up: An Inkstand?

For those of you who saw our previous post about the glass mystery object from Saratoga National Historical Park (see Ask A Curator:  Mystery Glass Object) , we’d like to share this photograph as a follow-up.  In our opinion, the fragment in … Continue reading

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Gardening at the Narbonne House: A Redware Flowerpot from Salem Maritime National Historic Site

While rehousing the archeological collections from Salem Maritime National Historic Site, we in the NMSC archeology lab were privileged to work with a variety of reconstructed 18th- and 19th-century ceramic vessels.  One of these items was a redware flowerpot with … Continue reading

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Scratch-Blue at Petersburg: Redefining Creamware on American Archeological Sites

Hopefully you caught our last post, Are You Sure That’s Not White Salt-Glazed Stoneware?, in which we highlighted a few scratch-blue creamware sherds from Petersburg National Battlefield.  Despite our many years of experience working with archeological artifacts from all over … Continue reading

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Are You Sure That’s Not White Salt-Glazed Stoneware?

About a month ago, I started to write a blog post titled “Puzzling Over Puzzle Pieces” which would discuss the research we were doing on a few sherds of creamware with an unusual “scratch-blue” decoration (to learn more about eighteenth-century ceramics, check out our previous post Party … Continue reading

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Old Mother Slipper Slopper: Pratt Ware at African Burial Ground National Monument

The name “Old Mother Slipper Slopper” is not something that we commonly add to our catalog records here at the NMSC archeology lab.  So, when we came across fragments of a Pratt ware jug that tells her tale, we decided … Continue reading

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Pick Your Poison: Oversized Wine? Chemical? Pharmaceutical? Bottles from City Point, Virginia

Here at the Northeast Museum Services Center, we see lots of old wine bottles.  We are very familiar with 18th-century, dark green “onions” and “mallets” – freeblown glass bottles with (respectively) a globular and cylindrical shape, pontil mark, and hand-finished lip.  … Continue reading

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Archeology in the 21st Century

When most people think of archeology, they usually think of excavations and lab work.  But, there is another, lesser known facet of archeology that involves computers and above-ground, non-invasive technologies.  This past August, I attended a workshop offered by Brown University and the National Park … Continue reading

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Business Cards with Personality – Inexpensive ways to reach your community

In today’s highly technical world, engagement is easier than ever, if you can get your audience’s attention. With limited resources, this often proves challenging for museum professionals. Business Cards with Personality: A Case Study National Park Service archeology collections have huge research … Continue reading

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Cataloging 101: Lead Glazed Redware vs. Jackfield

Following last week’s post, There’s Jackfield Afoot, I received the following question: How do you tell the difference between lead glazed redware and Jackfield? Since I asked this question when I was learning to catalog, I thought others may be … Continue reading

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