NEWPORT NEWS — The Virginia Living Museum could win a conservation grant to preserve its mastodon bone collection, which was recently named Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts of 2018 by the Virginia Association of Museums.
The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite artifact until Jan. 31. Vote for your favorite here.
According to the museum’s announcement, the mastodon bones were found at an excavation site in Yorktown and include a complete tusk, several teeth and ribs and a partial jaw.
The two winning artifacts get a combined $7,000 conservation grant and previous honorees include the USS Monitor’s gun turret at the Mariners’ Museum and Park and an 18th century Korean silk tapestry from the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk.