Blogs & Videos: Living Cultures

I had the same question

Since November I have spent my Fridays combing through the Museum’s vast China collection. Though we have thousands of vases, jades, and theatrical masks we only get to share a few in the new China exhibition. The first time I see an object from our collection my head fills with a million questions. But, those questions vanish by the time I finish the task of photographing and processing that object.

Using Modern Technology to Construct Ancient Ritual

Ceremonial structures like the 5,000-year-old temples I have been investigating at Huaricanga are marvels to behold. Often such buildings are well-maintained and represent the dedicated effort of ancient individuals who invested considerable time and materials in their construction. Walls and doorways tend to have elaborate decorations as well. When discovered, temples and churches receive quite a bit of attention from public media. 

Video: Piecing Together Early Societies

Bill Parkinson studies 6500-year-old societies in eastern Europe.  How did those societies form?  How have they changed into the world we see today? How can anthropologists find out about them after all this time, with all the dirt, mud, and rocks in the way?  It seems to take a village--a multidisciplinary, long-term village of devoted researchers including Attila Gyucha and Rick Yerkes with the Koros Regional Archaeological Project. 

Rehousing Sulka Masks

As a graduate student from the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department, I am completing my summer internship at the Field Museum. I’m working in the Regenstein Conservation Lab with J.P. Brown, the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology.  Our main project for the summer has been rehousing the Field Museum’s collection of Sulka dance masks from New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Film: The Lom River Valley Unseen

The 27-minute video, “The Lom River Valley Unseen,” was produced by the Rousse Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria as part of a project funded through the Site Preservation and Museum Enhancement Program. This program has been developed by the American Research Center in Sofia and The Field Museum in Chicago with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The Rousse Regional Museum of History project is entitled, “Bishops Residence from the Late Middle Ages – Archaeology, Education and Tourism.”

Ritual is Power (and so is the Web!)

Applications for major research grants emphasize both the intellectual merit and the broader impact of a proposed project. While this is certainly an important consideration for scientists, foundations are now going a step farther to ask about how data will be shared and disseminated. Although data sharing seems like it is inherently part of the scientic method, a surprising number of scientists are reluctant to relinquish their data for fear of others stealing their research. However, I have always believed that new perspectives are only generated with fresh eyes and only through collaboration and sharing do we push the frontiers of science.

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