Collections Management Committee

Photo: © Beth Sawyer, Monticello, 2019

News

Recent posts from this committee

Committee Initiatives

Digital Interactives

Culture Embossed Banner

Culture Embossed is a crowd-sourced database of wine bottle seals from a wide array of time periods and locations. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

Culture Impressed banner

Culture Impressed is a crowd-sourced database of marked European clay tobacco pipes. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

Culture in Stone banner

Culture In Stone is a crowd-sourced database of stone projectile points from a wide array of time periods and locations. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

Reports & Publications

A Survey of Archaeological Repositories in Virginia (2012)

COVA’s report gathers data from more than 100 repositories and outlines the state of Virginia’s archaeological collections and provides recommendations to begin addressing the complexities of their care and productive use. An article about the survey was published in the Society for Historical Archaeology’s newsletter in Autumn 2013, pages 8-13.

Educational Resources

Sample Syllabus on Archaeological Collections Management

We concluded our 2012 Survey of Archaeological Repositories in Virginia with a section on success stories with old collections. We wanted to end the report on a positive note that would inspire archaeologists and keepers of Virginia’s collections to think critically and creatively about all those artifacts in all those boxes. One of our favorite success stories that grew out of the report was the development of a course in Archaeological Collections Management at the University of Mary Washington by Professor Douglas Sanford. This course provides hands-on and group research experience in archaeological collections management, utilizing the artifact, material, archival, and digital collections within the Department’s laboratory and storage facilities.

Conservation Resources

About

The Collections Management Committee and maintains the online artifact databases (Culture Embossed, Culture Impressed, Culture in Stone); sponsors collection management workshops; evaluates status of artifact collections throughout the state and updates data in the “Survey of Archaeological Repositories in Virginia.” The committee also provides input/feedback to the COVA representatives on the Skiffes Creek Curation and Conservation Group plan for collections from several significant sites on the James River.

Chair(s)

  • Beatrix Arendt
  • Leah Stricker

Members

  • David Brown
  • Eleanor Breen
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Laura Galke
  • Jennifer Ogborne
  • John Hranicky
  • Kerry González
  • Mike Barber
  • Elizabeth Moore
  • Sarah Ellis
  • Esther White
  • Jolene Smith