Archaeology

Science at FMNH : Ep. 43 - Ancient Trade and Exchange in East Africa

Why do people trade? How and what ways have trade, traders, and trading communities influenced society? These are the big questions of Dr. Chap Kusimba's research.  One way that Dr. Kusimba tries to answer these questions is by studying the trade and exchange of glass beads and ceramics across the Indian Ocean from 700 A.D. to 1500 A.D.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 42 – The Production of Maya Blue

Dr. Gary Feinman, Professor Dean Arnold (Wheaton College) and museum colleagues used elemental analysis to unlock some of the secrets to the productions of Maya Blue - a pigment that the Mayans used to decorate objects, such as murals and ceramics, and paint human sacrifices at Chichén Itza.

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