RSS

Tag Archives: Archaeology

11/19/2014 The Columbia Mammoth Tusk (Day 23)

Did someone say, MAMMOTH!?  Oh wait, that’s just me…ok, so maybe YOU too.  🙂

Even though I tend to work for HOURS on end in the lab, being all science-ee, I know that my successes are only in leaps & bounds from my perspective.  Sure, I know you’d hope as an archaeologist, I’d dig up a mammoth, find a lost city and discover the fountain of youth all in one week.  Sounds awesome to me too.  But in my REALISTIC life, things move a little slower…okay, so A LOT slower.  But you’re here to see updates & that’s what I’ve got for you!

Yes, it still looks painful, I know.  Imagine how I feel?!

2014-11-19 20.35.21 2014-11-19 20.35.44

What I’ve worked on here looks a lot like the previous update, I know.  But if you’re super meticulous (like me), then you’ll see that we’ve cleaned the tusk a little bit more.  Cleaning it always is a bit of a crap shoot.  I’m stuck in the wonder of…Will it fall apart if I clean this more, or Will this look super awesome?!  It’s never an easy guessing game.  And truth be told, after today’s cleaning, it did a little of both.  But I’ll let you be the judge.  I’ll soon be using the Paraloid on this so as to freeze all the loose pieces into place.

2014-11-19 20.36.35

See how the tusk looks like rings of a tree?  In the same fashion, that’s how you can tell how old a mammoth is.  This tusk isn’t nearly so easy to read from this vantage point or the degradation.  But I can tell you that this was a juvenile, since the tusk’s circumference is smaller than all the mature mammoths I’ve studied.

Oh, btw, my favorite part about the photo below is that when I walked into the lab, SOME IDIOT WAS TOUCHING THE SANDBAGS!!!!  Of course I jumped all over him.  (Scared him a little too…that was funny!)  😉  I plan on putting this tusk in a flat housing that will contain all the mammoth dirt and tusk flakes that fall away.  The plastic drop cloth was good for when we were plastering, but it’s gotta go!  I will say that just to scootch the tusk around the table is a major event in its self since it is SOOOO heavy now.  I gauge about 80 pounds.  Once I was able to carry it across both arms.  Now?…Errrm….Not so much!

2014-11-19 20.45.29

I’m taking off for Thanksgiving, so I won’t be working on this until next week.  Forgive me?…

Again, I don’t want to expose much of this to the air without treating it more.  I use acrysol at 10% just like last week.

Tools used: 10% acrysol, sandbags, the cleaning solution of 50% alcohol & 50% distilled water, synthetic brushes, metal tools, wooden tools, 5cm arrow for size reference, and aspirator.

Time spent in the lab was about 4 hours.

Advertisements
 
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Help Me Get To My First 2015 Archeological Field School In Ireland!

 

**CLICK ON MY CAMPAIGN --->  Help Get Kanya To Her First 2015 Field School

I’m hoping to raise money for me to get to my first out-of-state field school in Ireland where I’ll be working on an archaeological dig in summer 2015.  It is there that I look forward to continuing the marriage of science, art and history. So far, I’ve yet to get out of California for my work.  I need to raise this in order to get me from my Castroville mammoth all the way to an untouched region in Ireland, where I hope to discover history that time has forgotten.  Won’t you please help me & my search for new answers to history?…

$1 – $10: I mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$11 – $35: You’ll receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$36 – $75: You’ll receive weekly information on my local and international endeavors on my work.  You’ll also receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$76 – $150: You’ll receive a mention in my presentation at the professional conference, SCA (Society for California Archaeology) in Spring 2015.  You’ll also receive weekly information on my local and international endeavors on my work. You’ll receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$151 – $500: You’ll get mentioned in my published work.  You’ll receive a mention in my presentation at the professional conference, SCA (Society for California Archaeology) in Spring 2015. You’ll also receive weekly information on my local and international endeavors on my work. You’ll receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$501 – $1000: You’ll receive credit as an “Investor” in my published work.  You’ll receive a mention in my presentation at the professional conference, SCA (Society for California Archaeology) in Spring 2015. You’ll also receive weekly information on my local and international endeavors on my work. You’ll receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

$1001 +: I will personally send you an archaeological artifact.  You’ll receive credit as an “Investor” in my published work. You’ll receive a mention in my presentation at the professional conference, SCA (Society for California Archaeology) in Spring 2015. You’ll also receive weekly information on my local and international endeavors on my work. You’ll receive a personal “thank you” note delivered to you (if you give me an address or email to send it to), plus I’ll mention your assistance on Facebook & Twitter.

**Inevitably, I’ll need to come up with about $7,000 by winter 2015…I think I can make up the rest…I think…**

 
Just me in the lab working on the tusk.

Just me in the lab working on the tusk.

 
 

Tags: , , , , , ,

I’m a Featured Speaker, April 12th at Santa Clara University’s Research Conference!!!!

Image

41st Annual Western Departments of Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference

Presenting my curation work on the mammoth tusk I’ve been working on since last year!!!  Very excited about this!!  Sure, you could replace the word, “excited” & insert the word, “nervous”….Either way, I’m feeling awesome!

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:  (psssst….I’m in Session IX)

Image

Image

 

Ugrad_Conf_Schedule_4_12_14_3

 
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

10/7/2013 The Columbia Mammoth Tusk FINALLY!!

The Columbia Mammoth Tusk FINALLY!!

This is day #1 in working on the mammoth tusk. Oh, how I’ve waited for this day!

Believe it or not, TWO HOURS were spent on cleaning a small space that’s not much larger than the palm of your hand!  It was soooo worth it.  I’ll be back on Wednesday to continue this & I can’t wait!

Mammoth Tusk 10.7.13 002 Mammoth Tusk 10.7.13 003 Mammoth Tusk 10.7.13 005

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 10/08/2013 in Mammoth

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Image

My Archaeology Certificate!

My Archaeology Certificate!

Excited to have earned this shortly after my A.A. in Anthropology.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 10/01/2013 in Mammoth

 

Tags: , , ,