OSU Student Adventures in Collections: Part 2


Dr. Deanna Grimstead, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology of The Ohio State University, and her students are currently working with an Ohio Historical Society Collection from the Proctorville Village Site (Ohio Archaeological Inventory number 33LE12, collection A4197). The collection stems from a 1989 salvage excavation at the location of a large Fort Ancient Village located in Lawrence County. The goals of this project are 1) to use the collection for an introductory undergraduate and graduate level archaeological laboratory methods course, 2) to conduct a thorough zooarchaeological analysis of the archaeofaunal materials from the site, and 3) to further many more collaborative projects between the Ohio Historical Society and The Ohio State University. As part of the course students are giving the opportunity to blog about what they are learning and discovering.  The following is the second of submission and we hope you enjoy the student’s journeys as much as we will! Hello Ohio Historical Society Archaeology blog readers! My name is Lauryn Platt; I am a sophomore at The Ohio State University and am majoring in Anthropological Sciences. When scheduling last fall, I jumped at the chance to take an archaeological lab methods class! I will admit I was less than thrilled when I learned we were to write a CRM report but then I learned about this blogging opportunity and was excited to mix my love for blogging with my love for archaeology. As of right now, I am not sure what I want to specialize in. The cultural side of anthropology is starting to grow on me however when I first decided to major in anthropology (8th grade) I was inspired by Zahi Hawass. He had a reality TV show on The History Channel where aspiring archaeologists followed him around the different excavations that he oversaw. I remember sitting and watching these college age students and even though it was excruciatingly hard I wanted to be in their place. Fellow students always ask me why I chose my major and to be honest there is no easy answer to that question. In part because Ive always wanted anthropology to be my profession, I cant remember a time when this wasnt true, and in part because of documentaries on The History Channel.  But most of all, I have an overwhelming love for Anthropology. My parents always told me to follow my dreams and find something I love then find a way to get paid for it. Anthropology is this for me and I am finding a way to get paid for following my dreams. Coincidentally enough, someone asked while I was writing this blog how do you know if your major is the right one for you? My reply was you know you are in the right major if you like the bad parts. Before I came to college, I just thought that anthropology and archaeology consisted of digging in the dirt and uncovering artifacts but that is only part of it. Which brings me to lab methods for archaeology, being in a lab setting is not my idea of a good time. I would prefer to be out in the field digging not meticulously sorting through bags of material and counting hundreds of shards of bone. Surprisingly enough, while it is not my favorite part of being an anthropology major, I find sorting through artifacts soothing and relaxing. I was very intimidated coming into a lab methods class as a sophomore. I have not taken as many major classes as some of the other students however I found that I have learned more by jumping in head first than by jumping in feet first. Since getting our own assemblages, we have identified what is in each bag as well as sorted through faunal remains and lithics. Sorting through the faunal remains has been my favorite even though I only know the human skeleton it is amazing how similar animal bones are to ours. So far I have only sorted my assemblage but over the next few weeks I look forward to interpreting what I have found!

Posted March 19, 2014
Topics: Archaeology

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