In This Issue: Update on our Hands-On Archaeology Lab Upgrade
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

December 2014

Volume 8, Number 12

Creating Chucalissa's New Hands-On Lab


How You Can Help!

In 2007, Chucalissa's laboratory space looked like this . .  .
In 2008, the Hands-on Archaeology Lab was launched . . .
In 2014, we began the upgrade of our Hands-On Laboratory into the Brister Archaeology Discovery Laboratory.  Our River Two AmeriCorps NCCC Team removed all of the existing shelving, cases, sinks and cabinetry.  Next they painted the walls, laid a new floor, and created a painting of the Chucalissa excavation trench on one wall.  Our first steps in 2015 will include:
  • Building mobile units and open storage for our educational and type collections of prehistoric and historic artifacts.
  • Installing shelves and counters for exhibits.
  • Mounting sediment peels from the Chucalissa excavation trench onto the Hands-on Lab excavation trench painting. 
  • Manufacturing replica prehistoric tools.
  • Upgrading our hands-on exhibits.  Our first two exhibit upgrades will include a prehistoric food display and an exhibit that traces the recovery of artifacts from the field to their curation in museums.
Your help is needed for these tasks:
  • The labor for all of the upgrades is provided by our regular staff, graduate assistants, interns, and volunteers.  If you have a special skill to offer and would like to help out, please contact our Director, Robert Connolly ( for more information.
  • The cost for all materials for the upgrade are purchased through your generous donations.  We ask that you make your tax deductible donation now to assure our students and volunteers will have the equipment necessary to carry out their spring projects in the lab.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to serving you in 2015!
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