national archaeology day

NaPoWriMo Day 26: Archaeological Log 04.01.3005: Analysis of Contents of Box Belonging to Human Subject #THBH0413

Item 1: Necklace

Made of paper. Origami
diamonds: six colors—a rainbow—
alternating, seven times.
Strung with silver thread.
Catches sun rays—on a good
weather day.

Subject haunted by
inability to hold light
close to the body. Split
a prism into jewelry.
Felt unworthy of wearing
beauty on her neck.

Item 2: Rose

Ceramic. Mid-bloom and
unpainted. Petals halted
in beginning of beckon.
Rough to the touch—unbaked
and unglossed. Thumb imprints
pockmarked over blossom—bigger
than Subject’s fingers.

Some other artist
crafted this for Subject.
A love. Incomplete—
split, untimely but
necessary. Grew at
non-optimal rate. Was not
built to last. Breakable.

Item 3: Bird

Craft—no taxidermy,
no sign of flesh or
formaldehyde. Pine needles
for feathers—mahogany
brown, charcoal gray,
eggshell white. Glass eyes,
dark pupils, off-center: perhaps
from mishandling.

An object of peculiar
interest to Subject. A bird
without flight. A body
unbodied by artifice.
Earthbound. It is possible
Subject feels
some kinship
with this trinket.


The Burren | Co. Clare, Ireland

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Spent some time in @ROMToronto’s Conservation labs. Here’s some of what I saw. I know, too awesome.

The glass is an amazing story of restoration.

The pottery shards represent ancient Post-It notes. 

The Ancient Egyptian statue is a very misguided attempt at conservation and profit.

The painting is just an incredible example of what our team can do.

In honor of National Chocolate Day, we bring you this story of a delicious discovery made a little while back:

More than 100 years after joining the Museum’s archaeological collection, a remarkable set of 11th-century pottery excavated in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon is at the center of a discovery.

Found at Pueblo Bonito, one of the great ceremonial complexes of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples, the rare ceramics were collected for the Museum by George Pepper at the turn of last century. Only recently, however, have researchers looked to the set to search for chemical traces of the vessels’ long-lost contents. The results were electrifying: tests revealed the presence of theobromine, the biomarker for cacao, confirming the earliest known use of chocolate north of the Mexican border.

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