For Educators

The Hall of Mexico and Central America displays an outstanding collection of Precolumbian objects. Careful observation of each object provides clues about political and religious symbols, social and cultural traits, and artistic styles characteristic of each cultural group. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educator's Guide


Archaeology Books

Archaeology Books

Uncover ancient mysteries. Learn how trees keep records of the past. Travel centuries ahead in time to look back at the U.S. And dig into archaeology with these six kid-friendly books.

Meet the OLogist: Chuck Spencer

Meet the OLogist: Chuck Spencer

Archaeologists are detectives who gather clues to the past. Discover the intriguing facts and artifacts that Chuck Spencer unearthed while following his curiosity.

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.

Piecing It All Together

Piecing It All Together

Ornate jewelry, simple baskets, stone tools ... these are just some of the artifacts archaeologists have uncovered among ancient ruins. But one of the most common discoveries is pottery. 

If Trash Could Talk

If Trash Could Talk

One person's trash is another person's clue. It's amazing how much you can learn about people just by examining what they throw out. Grab a thick pair of rubber gloves, and dig in!