This marks Kara Jones’ third summer interning at the Maturango Museum, and she is thoroughly immersed in archaeology. Jones, 24, is a student at California State University at Bakersfield, and is working toward her degree in Anthropology, with a focus on Archaeology. She said she feels she is practically living at the Maturango Museum, and loves it.
“Mostly I’m cataloging the avocational collections that we’ve got here,” she said. These are the donated collections, gathered by people who happened to pick up interesting bits and pieces of flaked stone before finding out it was illegal to do so. Since hikers seldom jotted down exactly where they found what, locations are frustratingly generalized for these artifacts.
Another project with which Jones has been involved is the museum’s switching database software. “The new program takes longer to catalog everything, but it’s more user-friendly,” said Jones. “Ultimately we’d like to have the database available so someone doing research could look at all the data on, say, all the Elko points we have.
“I like seeing all the progress we’re making,” said Jones, remembering three years ago. “In the Archaeology Collection storage, seeing the stacks of completed museum boxes climb higher and higher is really cool. There are fewer uncatalogued collections. I also like getting visitors. It’s great to show off what we’re doing. I’m converting our friends to volunteers.”
Among the skills she’s learned here are the importance of ease of access to the collection and having a uniform method of cataloging. “We’ve received some…
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