CeRPHAAL team, partner of MEMOLA project, working with the mapping and analyzing of the traditional hydraulic systems recorded during the field survey of May- June undertaken in the territory of the Upper Vjosa Valley, where are included the irrigation channels, water-powered mills, reservoirs, water pumping stations, etc. At the same time, we are evaluating the historic and current land use and parcelization based on field and historical data.
Welcome to the Department of Historic Resources in Richmond, Virginia! My name is Maura Stephens, and I am an intern here at the DHR. The Department works alongside many museums and organizations across the state in order to preserve and promote Virginia’s fascinating and important history. Our facilities include a conservation laboratory and a study collections room.
The artifacts housed in the collections room are just a small sample of what we have. In our large storage area, we have over 7000 boxes and millions of individual artifacts from archaeological sites all over Virginia.
A typical day for me includes washing artifacts, bagging and labeling them, storing and sorting boxes of artifacts in the storage room, and doing research. Today specifically, I and a couple of high school volunteers are washing artifacts that were delivered to the DHR earlier this week. They are from a clay smoking pipe factory that operated during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Pamplin, Virginia (44AP01).
I have been researching the Pamplin pipe factory this summer, and I have also been designing an exhibit that will be on display in the Department. We have hundreds of the pipes in many styles and colors in our collections, and I have grown quite fond of them over the past couple of months!
As well as washing pipe and sagger fragments with the volunteers, I am sorting washed and dried pipes by style and bagging and labeling them for storage. I also bag other artifacts from the site, such as brick fragments and glass shards.
I have learned a great deal while working at the DHR this summer, and I look forward to more experiences in the wonderful field of archaeology!