Collections Management

COVA Collections Management Committee was established to encourage sound archaeological collection management practices across Virginia. Goals pursued by the committee include:

• Sponsors collection management workshops.

• Reviews the Department of Historic Resources' Collection Management Standards

• Establish a comprehensive database inventory of archaeological collections across the state that would be available to all archaeologists.

• Encourage sound collection management practices by evaluating collection management facilities across the state.

Contact Esther White and Eleanor Breen if you wish to serve on the committee.

 

Culture Embossed

A crowd-sourced database of wine bottle seals from a wide array of time periods and locations. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

Culture Impressed

A crowd-sourced database of marked European clay tobacco pipes. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

Culture in Stone

A crowd-sourced database of stone projectile points from a wide array of time periods and locations. The map, gallery, and database allow researchers of all backgrounds to easily study these culturally significant artifacts.

 

A Survey of Archaeological Repositories in Virginia (2012)

COVA’s report gathers data from more than 100 repositories and outlines the state of Virginia’s archaeological collections and provides recommendations to begin addressing the complexities of their care and productive use. An article about the survey was published in the Society for Historical Archaeology’s newsletter in Autumn 2013, pages 8-13.

 

Sample Syllabus on Archaeological Collections Management

We concluded our 2012 Survey of Archaeological Repositories in Virginia with a section on success stories with old collections. We wanted to end the report on a positive note that would inspire archaeologists and keepers of Virginia’s collections to think critically and creatively about all those artifacts in all those boxes. One of our favorite success stories that grew out of the report was the development of a course in Archaeological Collections Management at the University of Mary Washington by Professor Douglas Sanford. This course provides hands-on and group research experience in archaeological collections management, utilizing the artifact, material, archival, and digital collections within the Department’s laboratory and storage facilities.

 

Conservation Resource Guide

This is an excellent list of conservation resources compiled by Collections Management Committee member.