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Video: The X-Ray Fluorescence Lab

At The Field Museum, the use of new and non-destructive technologies has allowed researchers to uncover fascinating stories from objects in the collections.

Gary Feinman, Curator of Mesoamerican Anthropology; Mark Golitko, Regenstein Postdoctoral Fellow; James Meierhoff, UIC graduate student; and Ryan Williams, Associate Curator of Archaeological Science, joined forces to study Maya Obsidian using a portable X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer.  In this particular case they analyzed Maya Obsidian that was excavated in the 1930's by former Curator Sir J. Eric Thompson.

Listen to Gary Fienman talk more about the project.

Follow more Field Museum research from Mesoamerica and Central America.

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