Author Archives: LoriBrister


In September 1947, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer programming, kept finding glitches in her programming. She ran several diagnostic tests before deciding to open up her massive Mark I Electromagnetic Computer Machine to check for damaged parts. … Continue reading

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Wonderful Things

Howard Carter went to Egypt in 1902 at the age of 17. Though his family was not particularly wealthy, they had connections and secured Carter a job as an artist with the Egypt Exploration Fund, an organization co-founded by the … Continue reading

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Summer Suits and Straw Hats: Poirot, Agatha Christie, and Archaeology

With a somewhat smaller budget than Indiana Jones and, admittedly, a much smaller fan-base, the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989 – 2013), starring David Suchet, masterfully captures an imaginative sense of time and space. Whether the murder happens in a manor houses or an archaeological dig, … Continue reading

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Archaeology and Indiana Jones in the Popular Imagination

In popular culture, when we imagine archaeology, we inevitably think of Indiana Jones. Sexy, glamorous, and hyper-masculine–Indiana Jones is archaeology’s Platonic ideal. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas famously modeled the character on James Bond, but instead of ink-pen bombs, umbrella guns, and such gadgets, … Continue reading

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Things That Capture

The heat was already unbearable, despite the early morning hour. It took too much effort to speak, so they sat in silence, protected from the scorching sun by a thick, canvas tent. Its striped sides were rolled up and fastened at … Continue reading

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Cabinet of Curiosities: August (I’m Getting Old) Edition

I might have mentioned before that my partner is kind of the best at surprises, especially birthday surprises. I mean, she can’t keep them to save her life, but, boy, can she plan them. That flying lesson I mentioned before? … Continue reading

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Cabinet of Curiosities: July Flew By! Edition

July has flown by–see what I did there?–and it’s hard to believe it’s been a month since the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum hosted an all-night party to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The photo above, of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis was … Continue reading

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Cabinet of Curiosities: June Edition

Around the turn of the eighteenth century, a physician named Sir Hans Sloane began collecting interesting objects from his travels or buying them from other collectors. He amassed an important collection of antiques books and prints, ancient Egyptian artifacts, unusual fossils and … Continue reading

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Two Pieces at the Outwin Prize Exhibit

Aside from The Renwick Gallery’s current “Wonder” show, no other exhibit in DC has gained as much attention this year as the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portraiture Competition. If the expressionless face of Miss Everything (Unsupressed Deliverance) staring at you from above an … Continue reading

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