The real objects and other kinds of information relating to life, customs, and traditions around the globe that are acquired and safeguarded by museums are much more than just "scientific evidence" suitable for academic research. Anthropology collections acquired at different times and in different places can also serve as genuine material witness to the reality of human diversity, past and present.
Equally important, anthropology collections of "things" combined with carefully documented information on their manufacture, use, and human meanings can also serve as authentic historical benchmarks for the long story of human life on earth. Learn more about Pacific Research at: PacificAnthropology.org
Image: Mark Golitko in the LA-ICP-MS Facility at The Field Museum. Mark has been collaborating with Dr. John Terrell to document prehistoric and modern exchange relations along the Sepik coast using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. © The Field Museum.