The Strawbery Banke Museum archaeology department moved in with the collections department after the construction of a new Collections Center building in 2007. The department has made new use of tools, such as an online artifact database; electromagnetometry, which helped locate a turn of the 20th-century mikveh excavated in 2014; and GIS, which offers a new approach to site-wide analysis of the many excavations across the campus. Recent archaeological efforts have concentrated on work related to the museum’s Heritage House Program, intended to rehabilitate buildings for interpretive and rental spaces. Ongoing work at historical house sites has meant that the boundaries of excavation have been determined primarily by construction impacts rather than research questions. However, archaeology department research and excavations have continued to uncover significant new information supported by close collaboration with the curatorial and restoration carpentry staff. The museum’s ongoing commitment to public archaeology has offered field-school students, interns, and visitors alike a valuable opportunity to observe the importance of archaeological research in this context, both onsite and on social media platforms.
Martin, Alexandra G.
"#SBMArch: Museum Archaeology in the 2010,"
Northeast Historical Archaeology:
49, Article 7.
Available at: https://orb.binghamton.edu/neha/vol49/iss1/7