New World Archaeology Technician
Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures, Canada
Interests: Toronto Archaeology, Birdstones, Archaeology of the entire Western HemisphereFollow @aprilsMuseum
Hello and welcome to my staff page here at the Royal Ontario Museum. I am responsible for managing the New World Archaeology collection at the ROM, comprised of 200,000 archaeological objects from the expanse of the western hemisphere: Canada, Sub-Arctic, North America, Meso-America, Caribbean and South America.
I grew up south of Chicago in Champaign, Illinois and was the first person in my family to go to university. I attended University of Illinois and Harvard. I became fascinated with archaeology at 16 for the physical challenge of digging all day long and I immediately got hooked. I have conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, and across North America with the Army Corps of Engineers and Smithsonian museums. I'll be visiting a few Maya sites next.
In managing the New World Archaeology collection here at the ROM, every day brings a new challenge. I am constantly amazed at the stunning ingenuity of peoples who came before us. Occasionally I am lucky enough to discover some token object that reveals hidden knowledge otherwise lost under the sediments of time. Each artifact in my care gets the best treatment possible, as each contains countless pieces of lost knowledge that we may someday hope to understand. Currently I am fascinated with Birdstones and Toronto Archaeology. I'm researching and producing new data on the ROM's Birdstones, since it turns out to be the largest museum collection known. And I've just produced an exhibit on Toronto Archaeology: Toronto Underfoot.
I also supervise three University of Toronto students in archaeological collections management. And in my spare time I'm Mom of two awesome kids who love archaeology, ages 5 and 7, who helped to inspire the enormously successful LEGO pyramid activity that reached 5000 kids in Toronto over March Break, 2013.
See my ROM Blog posts here and follow me on Twitter at @aprilsMuseum:
March 6 2013: Can we build a Maya Pyramid out of LEGO?
March 25 2013: The LEGO Maya Pyramid that 5000 kids built