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The Field Revealed

Every object has a tale to tell and The Field Museum has more than 24 million of them in the collections. In this series we turn the spotlight onto the cases, cabinets and shelves behind the scenes and let our staff reveal the hidden stories from The Field Museum.

Conserving Sticky

J. P. Brown is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum and his job is to maintain and preserve the objects housed in our Anthropology collections. In this case, JP is using CT Scan technology to understand how the figure of a seated man from the Pacific island of Malekula (Republic of Vanuatu) was constructed. By revealing the different layers that make this fascinating handcraft, JP will be able to make decisions on how to store it properly so future generations can also enjoy it and keep preserving it.