Student Author Information

Saba IqbalFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Environmental Science

Abstract

The study of human’s history and prehistory through the excavated sites and analysis of their artifacts and other physical remains is known as archaeology. In the fall of 2018, I completed an internship at Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest, a local archaeological site dating back to 1993. My internship was about conserving museum and archaeological artifacts by using different chemicals and procedures. The project I helped there was Carriage turnaround. This project was started in July 2014 and ended in December 2018. This internship was based on curating, sorting, picking heavy friction flotation samples, and putting data in the lab system. Artifacts need to be washed properly and then they went through proper labeling techniques. Each bag needed to be done professionally so that senior archaeologists can figure out that what type of an artifact it was and what was the history behind it. Each artifact also needed to be photographed. I have seen so many artifacts which reminded me of my hometown in Pakistan and that was the reason I did my internship in archaeology, because it always connected me with my childhood. There is a quote on the archaeology lab at the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest which is “Piecing together the Past” which is the most precise conclusion of my internship and my responsibilities.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Brooke Haiar

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Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest Internship by Saba Iqbal

The study of human’s history and prehistory through the excavated sites and analysis of their artifacts and other physical remains is known as archaeology. In the fall of 2018, I completed an internship at Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest, a local archaeological site dating back to 1993. My internship was about conserving museum and archaeological artifacts by using different chemicals and procedures. The project I helped there was Carriage turnaround. This project was started in July 2014 and ended in December 2018. This internship was based on curating, sorting, picking heavy friction flotation samples, and putting data in the lab system. Artifacts need to be washed properly and then they went through proper labeling techniques. Each bag needed to be done professionally so that senior archaeologists can figure out that what type of an artifact it was and what was the history behind it. Each artifact also needed to be photographed. I have seen so many artifacts which reminded me of my hometown in Pakistan and that was the reason I did my internship in archaeology, because it always connected me with my childhood. There is a quote on the archaeology lab at the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest which is “Piecing together the Past” which is the most precise conclusion of my internship and my responsibilities.