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Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology at The Field Museum is dedicated to providing context for the ethnological collections (non-archaelogy collections), conducting applied and basic research on the current production of material culture and on the ways in which peoples shape and are shaped by their environments.  We use ethnographic and ethno-historical methods and work with scientists in other disciplines. Our research informs displays of contemporary culture, and provides recommendations for action to improve quality of life.

Cultural Anthropology Collections

Hopewell Collection

The Field Museum houses one of the largest collections of Hopewell Artifacts in the world. This collection, comprised primarily of Warren K. Moorehead’s 1891-1892 excavation of the Hopewell Site, dates to the origins of the museum itself.