This is the first installment of "Mellon Seeds". In the ongoing series, the Museum’s collection team shares stories emerging from their current work on two inventory projects funded by the Mellon Foundation: “Engaging the Americas” and “Transforming the Haffenreffer.” The projects will culminate in the Museum’s move to Providence.
The Journal of Archaeology Science has published a paper by the Haffenreffer Museum’s Deputy Director, Kevin Smith, that uses new approaches to analyzing radiocarbon dates to document a Viking Age ritual site deep inside Iceland’s massive Surtshellir Cave, and that he thinks was linked to the Vikings’ beliefs about Ragnarök, the end of the world.
This October, the Haffenreffer Museum celebrated Rhode Island's Archaeology Month with a new virtual talk series, Women Do Archaeology. Inspired by 2020’s centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment, we highlighted the work of women archaeologists and anthropologists affiliated with the Museum.
The award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the Brown University museum to catalog, photograph and store its full collection in preparation for an anticipated move from Bristol to Providence.