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Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Hall hosts exhibit from Museum of the Coastal Bend

"Can You Dig It?" archaeology exhibit at City Hall

The Museum of the Coastal Bend on Wednesday installed a new exhibit at City Hall, “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend,” to teach visitors about the methods used by the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team (CoBALT) to excavate and evaluate artifacts.

Woman scoops sand into glass caseThe exhibit features archaeological tools and artifacts along with informative photos and placards that illustrate the processes of excavation and analysis. Museum of the Coastal Bend staff carefully filled a City Hall display case with the items they brought, including a tray filled with sand, and hung a sign over the case to create a miniature museum exhibit within City Hall.

Woman places tools in glass case“We’re excited to be able to partner with the Museum of the Coastal Bend for this exhibit,” said City Manager Jesús A. Garza. “The display gives visitors to City Hall a chance to learn about the steps being taken to preserve our region’s rich history.” 

Woman uses bubble level to adjust signThe City of Victoria reached out to the Museum of the Coastal Bend earlier this year about the possibility of using a glass case at City Hall for a temporary exhibit, and museum officials came up with the idea of an archaeology-themed display. The exhibit will remain on display for at least one year.

City Hall is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Under current occupancy limits, no more than nine members of the public may enter at a time. Facial coverings are required, and a hand sanitizing station is available.

2 women adjusting signPHOTO #1: The Museum of the Coastal Bend on Wednesday installed a new exhibit at City Hall, “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend,” to teach visitors about the methods used by the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team (CoBALT) to excavate and evaluate artifacts.

PHOTO #2: Heather Para, exhibits and collections manager for the Museum of the Coastal Bend, scoops sand into a tray in a glass case for the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

Archaeological samples in boxPHOTO #3:  Heather Para, exhibits and collections manager for the Museum of the Coastal Bend, places an archaeological tool for display in the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

PHOTO #4: Heather Para, exhibits and collections manager for the Museum of the Coastal Bend, uses a bubble level to adjust the sign for the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

Woman looks at photograph while arranging items in glass casePHOTO #5: From left, Museum of the Coastal Bend interns Glory Turnbull and Rachael Hall and exhibits and collections manager Heather Para adjust the sign for the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

PHOTO #6: Archaeological samples are ready to be displayed in the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

Woman brushes sand in glass casePHOTO #7: Museum of the Coastal Bend intern Glory Turnbull consults a photograph while arranging artifacts for the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

PHOTO #8: Heather Para, exhibits and collections manager for the Museum of the Coastal Bend, uses a brush to arrange sand in the “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend” exhibit at City Hall.

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