Behind-the-Scenes Video Tours

 


 

Basketry Vault Tour: The Ethnological Collections

Diane Dittemore, ASM associate curator of ethnology, discusses weaving techniques and materials, and shows examples from the region’s basket-making cultures represented in the extensive collection, including Apache, Hopi, O’odham, Yavapai, and others. (2020, 36 min, 50 sec)

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Basketry Vault Tour: The Perishables

Dr. Nancy Odegaard, conservator, professor, and head of preservation, shares some of the museum’s oldest, most fragile, and most fascinating collections—the archaeological perishables. You will see artifacts from Broken Flute Cave, Point of Pines Pueblo, McEuen Cave, and other important sites, and learn how they have been preserved all these centuries. (2020, 23 minutes)

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Pottery Vault Tour: The Ethnological Collections

Diane Dittemore, ASM associate curator of ethnology, takes you inside the Arizona State Museum’s pottery vault to share with you historic and contemporary examples from each of the pottery-making cultures represented in the collection, including Hopi, Navajo, the eastern pueblos of New Mexico. (2020, 66 minutes)

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Pottery Vault Tour: Mostly Archaeological

Tour the Arizona State Museum’s pottery vault with ASM Director Dr. Patrick D. Lyons as your guide. He shares some of the 24,000 whole vessels preserved in the vault, giving an archaeologist’s perspective. (2020, 20 min 19 sec)

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The Conservation Laboratory

Enjoy this visit in the Arizona State Museum's Conservation Lab. (2 min 32 sec)

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Old World Collections

Dr. Irene Bald Romano shares the Arizona State Museum's ancient Mediterranean collections with you. (11 min 27 sec)

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American Treasures at the Arizona State Museum

ASM's photographic collection has been designated an American Treasure, a status underscoring its importance as one of the nation’s unparalleled collections of anthropological photographic materials. The collection documents human ingenuity and cultural traditions in what is now the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico from 13,000 years ago to the present. (2020, 4 min 28 sec)

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The Naco Mammoth Bone Bed

Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Conservator, Professor, and Head of ASM Preservation, discusses the rib cage of a 12,000 year old Columbian mammoth preserved at the Arizona State Museum. (2020, 4 min 16 sec)

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The Arnold and Doris Roland Wall of Pots

Patrick Lyons and Diane Dittemore team up to give you a detailed overview of the vessels featured in the Arizona State Museum's Arnold and Doris Roland Wall of Pots. (2020, 40 min 49 sec)

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The Oldest Basket (and one of the largest) in ASM's Collection

The oldest basket (and one of the largest) in ASM's collection is a large granary from McEuen Cave in southeastern Arizona. It is possibly 2000 years old. In this video, Dr. Nancy Odegaard discusses her team's efforts at treating and stabilizing it. (2020, 5 min 5 sec)

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The Importance of ASM's Collections

ASM Director, Dr. Patrick D. Lyons, discusses the importance of ASM's collections. (2020, 8 min 33 sec)

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The Photographic Collection

Learn about the Arizona State Museum's photographic collection. At more than half a million prints, negatives, and transparencies, and 250 motion-picture films, it is one of the nation’s most important anthropological visual archives. (2020, 12 min 6 sec)

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The Office of Ethnohistorical Research

Dr. Dale S. Brenneman discusses the history, mission, and work of the Office of Ethnohistorical Research at the Arizona State Museum. (2020, 18 min 12 sec)

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Maverick Mountain Series Pottery

ASM Director Dr. Patrick D. Lyons takes a deep dive into this series of related pottery types. (2020, 31 min 46 sec)

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