I’m going to turn this blog post over to Kevin Smith, archaeologist and associate museum director to introduce some exciting work using the Giddings Cape Krusenstern Collections:
- first, the primary archaeological data that we used to test the method were bones of caribou and seals from Giddings’ excavations at Cape Krusenstern. Thus, the first test also became a demonstration that old “legacy” collections can be used for cutting-edge research and have value for current research (e.g. climate change) beyond the expectations of those who recovered them 50-60 years ago.
- Second, from a university perspective, the Seed Grant linked us to three other departments in a research partnership that demonstrates the interdisciplinary approaches that Brown hails as a hallmark of the university’s approaches.
- third, much of the work was done with graduate students and by six undergraduate students who we had working with us on an UTRA grant from Brown. This project gave students direct involvement in cutting-edge research, just as Giddings began the museum 60+ years ago.
- finally, this is only the first of the papers to come from that Seed Grant and UTRA funding – two others are in preparation from the research we did through the Museum on NSF-funded grants at the sites of Gilsbakki and Surtshellir, Iceland.