by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is a complete wig hair curler with residue from an 18th century context associated with George Washington and his family in the home where he grew up as a boy from the age of 6 until his early 20s. It was recovered archaeologically at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. This animation was created by Lauren Volkers, a Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus excavating at Ferry Farm this summer. Lauren also edited the digital model generated during the scanning process. A popular summary written about a wig hair curler residue analysis project by Laura J. Galke, Artifact Analyst and Field Director, George Washington’s Ferry Farm, can be found here.
Note: the linear dark patterning along one side is not residue but an artifact of the scanning process.