I am in Copan Ruinas, Honduras along with Lynn Grant and Loa Traxler working on the final touches for a workshop on field conservation. This is my first time in Honduras and therefore in Copan. The site is certainly a marvel, but I expected it to be. The real surprise has been the CRIA (Centro Regional de Investigaciones Arqueológicos). Here are some of my favorite things so far wandering around this place.
1) Storage. This space is fabulous not only because the things inside are amazing but because of the space itself. I’d show a picture if I could, but no photography, so you’ll just have to imagine from my description. It’s sorted by material (so very smart) with climate-controlled areas (!!!) for fragile organic materials, and is extremely well organized. It is also full of amazing artifacts. My favorite is the stone storage because there is row upon row of beautifully carved stone blocks.
2) The giant sandbox: this is used by a few projects here to assemble mosaic sculpture from the site.
3) The conservation lab: that’s right there is a real conservation lab, with lots of space, good light, and a lot of the basic infrastructure already in place.
4) All the work left to be done. So that might sound like a silly thing to include, but there is a plethora of sample material, and objects just waiting for someone to look at.