Thursday, February 21, 2013

Creating an exhibit

We are creating a display on campus of our excavation. Half will be dedicated to the pyramid excavation, using photos, large models of the pyramid in its current form and another in its original shape. Brian Christensen of the visual arts department is creating replicas of some of the ritual artifacts found at the pyramid, such as the altar and the foundation deposit jar.

The other half will be dedicated to the cemetery excavation. Kristin South is heading up a system to mount textile artifacts so that they can be displayed and yet conserved at the same time. She is making the mounts based on a system she created while working with the collection at Yale.

This is going to be a great exhibit!

Conservation Efforts

We have been blessed to receive a mentoring grant to help us train students in conservation of textiles and to help us buy the materials necessary to do this conservation.

Kristin South is heading up our efforts, with the welcome and generous assistance of Paul Stavast, the director of BYU's Museum of People's and Cultures. We have a great team of students we are training, and we have gotten the materials we need. Conservation has begun, allowing us to better care for the artifacts we have and to help students gain valuable experience.