Anthropology museum offers rich history to students


The Northern Kentucky University Anthropology museum is full of rich history and artifacts from around the world.

The museum was founded in 1976 by faculty member, Dr. James Hopgood.

There are artifacts originate everywhere from China, Canada, Africa, northern Mexico, the United States, the Philippines, and many other countries.

The artifacts are made by people from a myriad of materials from wood to metal, and from clay to cloth. Over 60 different cultures are represented by the artifacts, with the oldest coming from the Fort Ancient culture at 600 A.D.

According Dr. Judy Voekler, associate professor, archaeologist, and the director of the museum, all of the artifacts are important because they benefit the community by presenting multiple cultures and bring a smaller global community to a compact space.

Voekler has done archaeological work in the United States, North Mexico, as well as Southeast Asia. She specializes in ceramics from Southeast Asia and has brought many pieces from Asia to add to the collection in the museum.

Kirsty Dannen, an art minor and an anthropology major, began an internship with the museum last May. Day to day, Dannen and Voekler do inventory, go through the database, and clean the exhibits. The artifacts have to be handled very carefully and gloves must be used at all times.

“The reason why we wear gloves while handling the artifacts is so that the grease and the oils from our hands don’t get on the pieces and make them break down, or destroy it and the colors would also fade,” Dannen said.

With over 200 artifacts on display and over 1800 in inventory, the museum has many historical pieces that are able to be seen at the museum or at the Fort Thomas Library.

Whitney Bronson