Means and Groundstone

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Bernard K. Means as a research affiliate of the Center for Regional Heritage Research. Means has a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Physics from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. Means’ scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. He is the author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela tradition and New Deal archaeology. Means currently teaches archaeology courses at the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional digital models of archaeological objects used for teaching, research, and public outreach.


The Virtual Curation Laboratory is a research effort currently funded by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Program. Research in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Means and his students is regularly published in archaeology journals, including “Virtual Artifact Curation of the Historical Past and the Next Engine Desktop 3D Scanner” by Bernard K. Means, Ashley McCuistion (VCU alumnus) and Courtney Bowles (VCU Alumnus) in Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 7: 1-12. Papers related to work in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Dr. Means and his students were also recently published in 2014 in the Pennsylvania Archaeologist and the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia. He is also chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s History of Archaeology Interest Group (HAIG).

We look forward to expanding our work with the Virtual Curation Laboratory at VCU!


On another note, we also wanted to feature a few specimens of groundstone artifacts that we scanned while at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (below). Many thanks go out to our friends at the TPWD for access and permission to scan these artifacts, and we are very excited about unveiling the TPWD digital collection in CRHR:ARCHIVE in the very near future. Click on either animation to enlarge it.




Written by zselden

My research is focused at the confluence of archaeology, engineering, computer science, and the humanities. I am particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.


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