Chemistry and archaeology don’t fit together often, but this project was a dream opportunity for me to use both of my major passions to approach the same problem. Over two years, I was able to learn from the students and professionals that were a part of this project as we worked to uncover the faces of history. I gained a new appreciation for how museum conservators and curators approach artifacts and exhibits by being a part of that process. This hands-on experience took me above and beyond my classroom learning and gave me a chance to take an active role in my interests. From this project I experienced the multifaceted approach to reconstructing, not only the face, but also the story of these individuals and how they came to be at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum today.
An essential aspect of this project is the respectful and ethical stewardship of the remains. Throughout these two years, I learned how essential this consideration is and I learned how we, as members of the project, can set a good example for future projects. Personally, I reflect on how my approaches to research and material culture have changed because of our work. This project was the most valuable experience of my time at Hopkins and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate and see the research to the end.