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An Intern's Perspective: Summer Internship with MOCHE Inc and Cultures of Conservation

Posted by swang
17 Oct 2017 19:43

From June 25 to July 25, I joined the Conservation Internship Program organized by MOCHE, Inc. Based in Huanchaco, Peru, it emphasized conservation of archaeological textiles in combination with excavation fieldwork, archaeological site and museum visits, and safe storage management.

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Cultures of Conservation Takes to the Field

Posted by swang
17 Oct 2017 19:39

This summer, Bard Graduate Center Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellows, Alicia Boswell and Jessica Walthew, took the “C of C” initiative, which brings conservators into dialogue with other humanists, to Peru. Alicia is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in Pre-Columbian cultures of the Andes. At BGC, she works with conservators and curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a project studying metallurgical traditions of the Moche culture of northern Peru (AD 200–850). Jessica is an objects conservator with a specialization in archaeological and ethnographic materials. During her fellowship, she worked with conservators and curators at the American Museum of Natural History to study the history and conservation of the totem poles in the museum’s Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Below, Alicia and Jessica report on their experience.

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Objects Speak: Deciphering Moche Metalsmith’s Methods of Manufacture

Posted by swang
03 Oct 2017 22:45

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Fig. 1. “Head-form Bead,” Moche, Peru, 3rd-7th century; gold. Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number: 1991.419.55.

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Paracas and Other Andean Textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by swang
26 Sep 2017 09:14

BGC students enrolled in the Spring 2017 course “Inca and Their Ancestors” class met with Christine Giuntini, textile conservator with the Metropolitan who led a discussion about Andean textiles that included an in-depth study of several significant Paracas and Nasca textiles in the MMA’s collection. The examination of these textiles affords researchers a unique opportunity to study complex techniques and materials used in ritual objects produced by an enigmatic culture.

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Archaeological Method and The Hall of South American Peoples

Posted by swang
08 Jun 2017 09:49

As part of a series of museum visits and guest lecturers for the Bard Graduate Center spring 2017 course, “The Inca and Their Ancestors: Andean Objects, Technologies, and Issues of Conservation,” Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellows Alicia Boswell and Jessica Walthew guided students through the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of South American Peoples. Hosted by Sumru Aricanli, Senior Scientific Assistant for Mexican, Central, and South American Archaeology in the Division of Anthropology, students were given the opportunity to view and examine pre-Columbian artifacts from Lake Titicaca and the Virú valley collected by Wendell C. Bennett, Curator of South American Archaeology at AMNH from 1932-1937. These collections came from Bennett’s fieldwork in the 1930’s when he completed multiple expeditions to Peru and Bolivia to carry out survey and excavations. This was a time when Andean archaeology was just emerging as a field of study. Informed by Bennett’s account of his expedition and subsequent publications by other researchers, the aim of the visit was to better understand methods of archaeological data collection and inference through an exercise in close observation.

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