Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Collections Care
I help preserve artifacts and make them accessible to researchers and the public. My work consists mainly of two parts: artifact re-housing and artifact photography. Artifact re-housing involves updating the storage practices of objects. For example, many of the trays of artifacts that I’m working with this summer have ceramic sherds that come from Asia and the Near East that are simply piled on top of each other; I create foam-padded plastic bags for each object that are constructed from materials that don’t emit artifact-degrading chemicals. Then, I take photos of each artifact that are uploaded to the Hearst’s online collections database.