The short answer is yes—and we are learning that ancient cities were more diverse in the ways they organized themselves. Some were even collective societies that resemble our republics today. Read more about Can We Learn from the History of Ancient Cities?
The turkeys we’ll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico—some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. Read more about Archaeological Excavation Unearths Evidence of Turkey Domestication 1,500 Years Ago
Welcome to the Anthropology Collections Curation Portal! Know something we don’t know about objects in the anthropology collections at the Field Museum? Please use this portal to add new information to the Museum’s collections database.Learn more about Anthropology Curation Portal
Alepotrypa Cave is like a time capsule of life in Neolithic Greece. The cave lay undisturbed for 5,000 years before it was rediscovered in the 1950s, and Greek archaeologists started excavating the cave in the 1970s. Since 2010, Field Museum associate curator Bill Parkinson has collaborated with archaeologists in Greece to understand the significance of this space. Read more about Window to the past: Alepotrypa Cave
Learn more about FMWIS intern Madeleine Farris, and her work with Emily Baca and Ryan Patrick Williams. Madeleine's project, "Archaeological Study of Peruvian Materials in the South American Laboratory" involved working with ceramics and pottery to learn more about Inca economy and society. Read more about Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) Internships 2014 -- Madeleine Farris
The centuries before China’s unification under the Qin Dynasty (221 BC) are known as the Warring States period, an era when large armies clashed in fierce competitions for power and territory. The rulers of these competing large states amassed giant armies of tens of thousands of infantrymen, who marched in combat against their enemies. In China, one innovation against such attacks was the construction of fortification walls built along borders. Read more about An Earlier Great Wall of China
Properly piecing together a rare early human skull (12,000 to 15,000 years old!) is a difficult task, but Robert Martin and JP Brown are pioneering the usage of medical technologies to give us a better picture of what Magdalenian Woman really looked like. Read more about Video: Putting Heads Together
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. Read more about Using Modern Technology to Construct Ancient Ritual
Thanks to the generous support of the Field Museum's Women's Board, I have been able to purchase a high-powered microscope to conduct micro-analysis of stone tools from the Late Archaic (3,000-1,800 B.C.) site of Huaricanga in the Fortaleza Valley of Peru's north-central coast. The Late Archaic is also known as the Late Preceramic because it was a epoch BEFORE the advent of ceramics in ancient Peru. Therefore, stone tools represent the predominate artifact recovered from archaeological digs. Read more about Flakes, Cores, and Groundstones Oh My!
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. Read more about Video: Piecing Together Early Societies