Blogs & Videos: History

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

Science at FMNH : Ep. 36 - Discovering Early European Societies

The prehistory of Europe is central to our understanding of the evolution of the human species on the planet, as well as for understanding how western civilization emerged. Dr. William Parkinson’s current research in Hungary and the Balkans gives important insights in how early villages and societies formed, what sustained them, and what drove them apart. 

Science at FMNH : Ep. 35 - Exploring Kish

The ancient city of Kish was occupied from at least as early as 3200 B.C. through the 7th century A.D. Located on the floodplain of the Euphrates River eighty kilometers south of modern Baghdad, the city held an extraordinary position during the formative periods of Mesopotamian history.