A hearty welcome to John Leeke of Historic HomeWorks as he joins Voices of the Past’s “staff” of video bloggers. John’s main interest is “helping people understand and maintain their older and historic buildings.” In this entry, he speaks to Paul Marlowe of Marlowe Restorations in Connecticut about proper repair methods. Then, we’re treated to a demonstration of a timber repair.
As the survey work comes to a close, bagging and tagging continues in earnest. David also introduces us to some of the electronic equipment used in the documentation, and reveals why archaeology is sometimes a maddening numbers game–literally.
Our tour of Jerash goes from micro to macro as David and the team fly over the town in a Huey helicopter. No narration necessary. Just enjoy the view!
To demonstrate how his work skills “measure up,” David examines a granite pillar in Jerash. His next examination turns political as he asks “would you trust ‘Winkie’?” Then comes a milestone in the team’s discovery. Actually they “uncovered” three milestones–of the Roman variety. This is video you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else!
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David points out some quarried stone near the tombs of Jerash and then takes us on a hillside tour of urban sprawl, Jordan style. Afterwards, events take a turn for the funny when the team takes a few moments to “de-sweat.” A game called “what’s my quarry?” turns slapstick. Who says archaeology has to be serious all serious?
David takes a look behind the scenes, introducing us to the functions of the survey team, even if their faces are a little obscured. Next, he interprets an ancient relief panel outside one of the tombs in Jaresh. Finally, David undertakes an adventure in the city and decides to check out a construction site.
David and the team are shocked when they unexpectedly discover an “incredible find”–a partially covered mosaic located in a remote olive grove outside Jaresh. Nearby is an ancient wine production facility, complete with press and cisterns that locals are still using.
By Nina Simon
Confused about social media?Don’t know where to start? For the last two years, I’ve been hunting down great projects in and outside of museums that exemplify the themes of visitor participation, user-generated content, and flexible relationships between institutions and visitors.Here are some of my favorite museum projects that represent interesting, thoughtful experiments with Web 2.0:
The Bay Area Discovery Museum: A Lesson in Good Listening
You don’t need a big initiative to get involved with social media—you just need ears and a voice to add to conversations that are already happening.Jennifer Caleshu, head of marketing for a small children’s museum, is an active participant in local Web 2.0 parenting and recreational sites like Yelp!, and developed relationships in those online communities to build strong relationships with current and potential visitors.She recently started a blog for the museum, but her best work is in listening to what others are saying about her institution.She describes her social media strategy here on the excellent Museum Audience Insight blog maintained by Reach Advisors.
MN150: A Visitor-Generated History Exhibition
The Minnesota Historical Society developed an innovative permanent exhibition featuring the 150 most important contributions of Minnesota as nominated by regular people.Read an interview with the lead developer of MN150 here.
The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is a leader in innovative social media initiatives, from the creation of Facebook applications to crowd-curated exhibits and a “posse” collection-tagging project.You can read three articles about their initiatives here or visit their community site here.
When the Library of Congress put some of their photo collection on the photo-sharing site Flickr, it opened up whole new conversations and interpretations of their content.Read more about it here.
ExhibitFiles is a social networking website for people who make and visit exhibitions.It is a living database of exhibit case studies and reviews and is useful for anyone looking for best practices in the field.
Museum blog types compared (with examples)
Beth’s Blog and the WeAreMedia wiki
The North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences is doing a series of no- to low-cost experiments with Web 2.0 and documenting them here.
Science Buzz and Red Shift Now
The Science Museum of Museum and the Ontario Science Center each maintain impressive community sites that integrate real-time visitor feedback from the Web and the museum floor here and here respectively.
Teaser image by Shelley Bernstein on Flickr.
After an early start and a cup of coffee, David give us an up-close look at some of the artifacts his survey team is finding in ancient Jaresh. Among the artifacts are a rare water pipe and filter attachment, the lid for a coffee pot, and pieces of a glass kiln possibly dating to the Roman era.