New World Archaeology Technician
Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures, Canada
Interests: Birdstones, Bannerstones, Archaeometry, Maya jade, CrowdsourcingFollow @aprilsMuseum
Hello and welcome to my staff page here at the Royal Ontario Museum. My job at the museum is amazing and the artifacts that I work with are a huge part of it.
I am responsible for taking care of the New World Archaeology collection at the ROM and it is quite an honour. I've accumulated some good stories about this fantastic collection over the years and I do love sharing them.
I grew up south of Chicago where both Obama and Abraham Lincoln did their law training and I was the first person in my family to go University. So, of course I went to Harvard and the University of Illinois. I became fascinated with archaeology at 16, for the physical challenge of digging all day long and it was the best paying job I could find! But I eventually discovered that the artifacts and the stories they tell are indeed what it's all about. I have conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, and across Middle- and Eastern- North America with the Army Corps of Engineers and Smithsonian museums.
Currently I am charged with the care of the New World Archaeology collection here at the ROM, and it is an excellent challenge! The artifacts under my care get the best treatment possible and I completely adore them. I enjoy sharing the collection stories with students and the public, especially when it compels them to challenge themselves and their own beliefs. And I am currently supervising three University of Toronto archaeology students in collections management. Oh and I'm the mother of two awesome kids who also love archaeology, ages 4 and 6, who helped to inspire the LEGO pyramid building activity that reached 5000 kids in Toronto over March Break, 2013.
See my ROM Blog posts here:
March 6 2013: Can we build a Maya Pyramid out of LEGO?
March 25 2013: The LEGO Maya Pyramid that 5000 kids built