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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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December 10th 2014:Lost and Found: Orphaned Archaeological Collections and Bringing Them Home

An important part of archaeology is recording the context materials are excavated from. Sometimes collections get disorganized or lost after a project concludes and become unusable to researchers due to the lack of contextual information. Dr. Barbara Voss’ research has addressed this issue of collections getting left on the proverbial doorstep and begun to outline potential practices to find homes for “orphaned collections”. Since the early 2000s Dr. Voss has adopted the Market Street Chinatown Project and has dedicated time to figuring out ways to make that site and collection useful to resea

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Dr. Barbara Voss

Dr. Barbara Voss is an associate professor at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at University of California, Berkeley in 2002. From 1986 to 1992 she worked as an archaeology field technician for Archaeological/Historical Consultants in Oakland, CA and from 1992 to 1996 she was Senior Staff Archaeologist with Woodward Clyde Consultants in Oakland CA . Dr. Voss’ research program is centered on two primary interests: historical archaeology and sexuality studies. Within historical archaeology, her research focuses on the dynamics and outcomes of transnational cultural encounters in the Americas. This research includes ongoing investigations of the Spanish colonization o
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