Land of Extremes: New season, staff, ideas at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum – California News

Land of Extremes: New season, staff, ideas at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum – California News

In August, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum (IVDM) expanded its research and curatorial staff. Dr. David Breeckner, the museum’s newest Post-doctoral Research Fellow, has been brought in to care for, interpret, and exhibit collections associated with the Imperial Valley College Archaeology Collection.

Breeckner is a ceramic expert and collections specialist from the state of New Hampshire. For a few months, he will be trading the ski resort for the desert.

He comes to the museum from a career as a Mediterranean archaeologist, during which he studied the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans on the island of Crete. He brings to the institution his skill and experience in handling material culture, and a particular passion for ancient ceramics.

Over the next several months of his residency, Breeckner will be examining the collections that are in the storage vaults at the museum — collections rarely seen by the public. His work…

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