On December 13, 2010, Dr. Ann Peters, Dr. Clark Erickson (Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Anne Tiballi (Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University) and Jeanette Nicewinter (Intern, American Section, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania), came to Bryn Mawr College to look at examples in our Peruvian textile collection, which includes more than 400 pieces. The purpose of the visit was both to assist BMC in cataloging Peruvian textiles and to give these visiting scholars a sense of the scope of the BMC collections. Their expertise in Andean textiles was invaluable as they helped us catalog dozens of textiles
As a result of this meeting, BMC is going to launch a test OMEKA site during the Spring 2011 where outside researchers can access records for many of our Peruvian collections. This project will assist us in identification and cataloging the collections, and we hope our collections will also benefit other institutions searching for comparanda of similar objects.