Meet the Beetle
Gallery (stills and videos)
Boxcavations is located in Bellingham, WA.
The idea came to me when I was working as a volunteer at the Burke Museum
in Seattle. The museum routinely receives requests to "dig something
up." With rare exceptions, untrained members of the public are not
allowed to excavate in real archaeological sites. Because archaeological
sites are a non-renewable cultural resource, to do so would be unethical
and irresponsible. But by the same token, having kids dig up some
plastic toys that were buried in a sandbox yesterday seemed a bit, well,
Meanwhile, I had the opportunity to work with Lee
Post re-articulating a reindeer skeleton
in Alaska. During that project, Lee told me about experiments he
was doing in classrooms across Alaska, burying large mammals (moose, wolves)
in totes filled with horse manure.
I decided to start experimenting myself, and put the two
ideas together in spring of 2010.
And what about me? I am a zooarchaeologist, with
a PhD in Anthropology (University of Washington, 2002). In addition
to Boxcavations, I run a consulting
business that specializes in the identification of non-human animal