Can you authenticate and appraise the value of my artifact?
The Museum is a nonprofit foundation and Museum employees are prohibited from authenticating and/or appraising the value of artifacts and specimens. Appraisals can be obtained from private dealers and auction houses. You can also try to find an appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers at www.old.appraisers.org/findappraiser.
Module - Anthropology & Archaeology Top FAQ's
The following list reflects the order in which we would prefer to be contacted for general inquiries.
Collections Manager - Ethnology
Collections Manager - Archaeology
Dr. Margaret Hardin
Module - Anthropology & Archaeology Contact Information
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Module - Anthropology & Archaeology Current Exhibits
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Anthropology: Study of humankind
Archaeology: The study of the material remains of past human life and activities, especially those that have been excavated.
Artifact: any object made by a human being
Collections Manager: One whose primary responsibility is to properly care and store the artifacts of a particular discipline's collections.
Cultural Anthropology: Anthropology that deals with human culture especially with respect to social structure, language, law, politics, religion, art, and technology.
Curator: One who is in charge of, interprets, and researches a material collection; Curators at the Natural History Museum are also charged with the responsibility of creating exhibits for the public and publishing results of their own personal research.
Curator Emeritus: retired curator
Curatorial Assistant: One who assists the curator with research.
Preventative Conservation: Conservation practices that are meant to stabilize and prevent objects from deterioration, ideally, before any degradation has begun.
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