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Megan Mueller

My name is Megan Mueller and I was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois. For a while I wanted to be an artist, a painter to be exact, however, by chance, I took a class in cultural anthropology during my sophomore year, which propelled my interest in anthropology. It opened my eyes to different cultures past and present from around the world. When I transferred to SIUE from Southwestern Illinois College, I changed my major from Fine Arts to Anthropology, and concentrated on archaeology from the Mississippian cultures. Outside of my course work, I researched and analyzed ceramics from Mississippian cultures at the University Museum on the SIUE campus and worked as an assistant archaeologist in the Midwest.

Later, during my senior year, I briefly leaned about museum conservation from my museology class, and decided through my experiences in archaeology and the museum that I wanted to combine the two. After graduating from SIUE with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and minor in Art History, I worked at the St. Louis Art Museum and later completed two internships; one at The Hatton Gallery and the other at the Museum of Antiquates both in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, to build on my museum skills. Within the next school year (2007-2008), what I have planned for myself is to continue to participate on more internships concerning museum conservation, taking chemistry classes at my community college, and hopefully attend Studio Art Center International Florence for the conservation program in August 2007. From there I would like to go to the Getty Institute in Miami, and receive a Masters in Archaeology Conservation researching and working with Classical artifacts.

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