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It has been a long time since I have updated this blog. In the past few years, I have dabbled in different blogs, ideas, and challenges. Spent some time nurturing my mental health and trying to figure out where I am going in life and finally finished my first book Silver Locket Secrets. It is currently available in ebook form from Kobo, but will soon be in paperback as well (I’ll post here when is).
I intend to return my attention to this blog, museums, and writing and I hope that you will join me on this journey.
Kassie Kendrick, a wayward young archaeologist, sets out to honour her grandfather’s final wish – to solve a treasure hunt like those she had loved as a child. As she and her friends follow her grandfather’s clues, they are lured around the Kingdom of Asho and beyond. But with the soon to be crowned Prince Diomedes believing her to be a threat to his throne, it soon becomes evident there is far more to be found at the end of their journey than she could ever imagine.
My week at the Farmland Museum started out with the Denny Abbey archaeological collection 😀
The Education Officer, Chris, was in need of a handling collection for school groups of the archaeological material from Denny Abbey. Now there is nothing I like more than poking around in archaeological collections, so I was quite happy to do it.
The Vindolanda Charitable Trust will be my first stop of the summer, June 2-13. Though it would not be correct to say this museum is the cause of the Wandering Museum Consultant project, it is most definitely the catalyst, which brought it to life. Friends at Vindolanda, whom I know through my position as Learning Coordinator at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology(MOA), invited me to come and spend two weeks for a professional exchange. The main reason being the relative similarity between the two museums; both Vindolanda and MOA are archaeological sites combined with interpretive museums.
Click the title above for a fascinating viewpoint regarding the Lascaux Cave paintings (c. 15,000 BCE), which were found in the Dordogne region, southwestern France, in 1940. Many of the paintings seem to represent the animals in various stages of movement, the video linked above demonstrates how they may have been intended to be shown in a state of animation.
This past summer I was lucky enough to visit the travelling exhibit “Lascaux III” at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. This travelling exhibit features the incredibly realistic replica of portions of the caves. The Lascaux caves themselves have been off-limits to tourists since the 1980s (to ensure their preservation) and these replicas are the closest most of us are going to come to seeing the caves for ourselves. They are certainly a pretty good substitute, and the exhibit itself is wonderfully interactive and engaging.
Lascaux III is currently at The Houston Museum of Natural Science until March 23, 2014. It will then be hosted by Le Centre des Sciences in Montréal, Québec from April 19 to September 15, 2014. Lascaux II, the permanent exhibit near the original caves, features similar replicas and can still be visited as well. If you are in any of these areas, I highly recommend visiting.