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Animation of the Day: Susquehannock Anthropomorphic Pipe Bowl

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is an anthropomorphic Susquehannock smoking pipe bowl from the Strickler (36La3) site located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The pipe bowl represents an individual bending over and has well defined features, including a secondary small hole in the bowl to allow another place for smoke to exit.

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Bonus Animation of the Day: Beaver Effigy from the Sarf Cache Site, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a scan shown in progress of a replica of a beaver effigy that is normally on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania (TSMP).  This item is from the Sarf Cache site, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and was removed to be scanned in the TSMP archaeological collections area.

Abbie Jackson assists with 3D scanning at The State Museum of PA

Abbie Jackson assists with 3D scanning at The State Museum of PA

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Animation of the Day: Zoomorphic Smoking Pipe with Brass Eye in Color

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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This clay smoking pipe from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania was made and used by the Susquehannock Indians during the later 1600s A.D.   and was recovered from the Byrd Leibhart Site, located in York County, Pennsylvania. Archaeologists originally identified the animal as representing a bear but our research shows that it was likely a Fisher or Fisher Cat, which is a member of the weasel family. The eyes of the Fisher cat were made with brass tacks traded from European settlers.  One has fallen out. A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s Rachael Hulvey discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here:http://instagram.com/p/jFcjJ4qqU1/

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Animation of the Day: Wig Hair Curler Fragment from the Salona Site, Fairfax County, VA

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

 

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Today’s animation is a wig hair curler from the Salona site in Fairfax County, Virginia. The wig hair curler was scanned at Fairfax County’s Cultural Resource Management and Protection collections repository in the James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, Virginia.

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Animated Object of the Day: Carved Stone Beaver Effigy

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is a carved stone beaver effigy form the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History. This item was donated without any contextual information so the antiquity of this object is unclear, as are its cultural origins and place of manufacture.

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Animation of the Day: Susquehannock Zoomorphic Bone Pendant

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a zoomorphic Susquehannock bone pendant in the shape of a bird, likely a goose or loon.  The pendant was recovered from Eschelman site (36La12) site located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

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Animation of the Day: Pharmaceutical Scale Box Counterweight from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a brass counter-weight from a pharmaceutical weight and scale box recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. The weight is in the shape of a lion grasping a ball and was manufactured in Nuremburg, Germany. It was scanned on May 1, 2014  at the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory by Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers and VCL Intern Vivian Hite. Further details on this finding can be found here.

Lauren Volkers (foreground) and Vivian Hite scan the brass lion counterweight

Lauren Volkers (foreground) and Vivian Hite scan the brass lion counterweight

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Animation of the Day: Zoomorphic Figurine Head from the Hartwell Site, Fairfax County, VA

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is a small zoomorphic figurine head recovered archaeologically from the Hartwell site (44FX1847) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The figurine fragment was scanned at Fairfax County’s Cultural Resource Management and Protection collections repository in the James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, Virginia.

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Animation of the Day: Susquehannock Bone Hair Comb Fragment

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a fragment of a Susquehannock bone hair comb that was broken during manufacture and then discarded.  The bone comb fragment was recovered from Eschelman site (36La12) site located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

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Animation of the Day: Susquehannock Bone Hair Comb Fragment

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

527_susq_comb_fragmentToday’s animation is a fragment of a Susquehannock bone hair comb that was broken during manufacture and then discarded.  The bone comb fragment was recovered from Eschelman site (36La12) site located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Categories: 17th century, Animation of the day, Gallery, Susquehannock, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, zoomorphic | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

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