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The Inca built enough roads to stretch from New York to Los Angeles more than 8 times.

When glass first reached China, it was treated as the rarest of jewels.

The "Arabic" numerals we use today were based on an Indian system and popularized by an Islamic mathematician in the early 800s.

Sounds of the Silk Road

Photos: © American Museum of Natural History

Play music that you may have heard along the Silk Road.

Silk Road Fables

Photos: © American Museum of Natural History

Take a look at some stories that were told along the Silk Road.

Make Your Own Paper

Photos: © American Museum of Natural History

See how you can make your own paper from old scrap paper and other materials.

What's the Big Idea About Anthropology?

Photos: bento box: courtesy of; scientist in Korea: courtesy of Laurel Kendall; trowel, courtesy of David Hurst Thomas; Inuit, courtesy of J. Hollens; Amazonian feathered headress, © AMNH; all other photos, ©

What does it mean to be human?

Meet the OLogist: Laura Kendall

Photos: Margaret Mead: ©AMNH; Indian village, Korea in 1904: courtesy of Library of Congress; Hong Kong, courtesy of CIA; Korean village in 1977, shaman rituals, Korean script, Laurel and friends: courtesy of Laurel Kendall; Mythic Creatures, Vietnam Journeys: © AMNH; masks: courtesy of Pham Van Duong, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology; all other photos:

Meet a scientist who studies Korean culture.

Dress Up a Horse

Illustrations: Sean Murtha

Have fun with these paper cutouts of riders and horse gear from cultures around the world.

If Trash Could Talk

All photos: courtesy of AMNH

Take a look inside your trash can. What clues can you find?

Mythic Mystery Map

Photos: Laurel Kendall, Quetzalcoatl stone sculpture, giant squid model, Ethiopian illustrated text, narwhal tusk, Mami Wata painting, qilin incense burner, kappa mask and cell phone dangle: AMNH; Lasiren Vodou Banner, dwarf elephant skull, Garuda figurine, emperor robe: AMNH/Denis Finnin; chupacabra figurine: AMNH/Craig Chesek; Barong costume: AMNH/Roderick Mickens; manatee: NOAA; Aepyornis egg: The Stone Company; Illustrations: Sean Murtha

How well do you know mythic creatures around the world?

The Ancient City of Petra

Photos: Introductory Page: Peeking at the Treasury through the Siq: courtesy of Andrew F. Blumenthal; A Walk Through the Ruins: The Great Temple: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Elephant Headed Column: Dan Gibson,; Garden Pool Complex: courtesy of Leigh-Ann Bedal; Water pipe: Dan Gibson, Siq: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Camel relief: Andrew F. Blumenthal; Temple of the Winged Lions: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Eye Idol: courtesy of AMNH; Egyptian statuette: courtesy of AMNH; Colonnaded Street: courtesy of Jane Taylor, Coin: Travis A. Markel / Classical Numismatic Group; Decorated incense altar: courtesy of AMNH; Qasr al Bint: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Child's ring: courtesy of AMNH Panel of Melpomene: courtesy of AMNH; Royal tombs: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Stone inscriptions: courtesy of AMNH; Petra Church: courtesy of J. Wilson Myers and Eleanor E. Myers; Scrolls: courtesy of AMNH; Wall mosaic tiles: courtesy of AMNH; Wall mosaic tiles: courtesy of Andrew F. Blumenthal; Column close-up: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Steps: courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board North America; Ez-Zantur (house): courtesy Jane Taylor,; Pottery: courtesy of AMNH; Jewelry - bracelet: courtesy of AMNH; Theater: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Tragic mask: courtesy of AMNH; Find Out More About Petra: Petra basin: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; camels drinking at a well / cisterns: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Map of political boundaries: courtesy of AMNH; rock-cut channel along Siq used to divert water: courtesy of Dan Gibson,; Cistern: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Map of hydrolic system: courtesy of AMNH; Pin handle with female figure: courtesy of AMNH; Terracotta oil lamp with signs of Zodiac: courtesy of AMNH; map showing an ancient road map of routes: courtesy of AMNH; monastery: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; The Siq: courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board North America; Map of the city of Petra: courtesy of AMNH; stone male head: courtesy of AMNH; Roman vase with panther-shaped handles: courtesy of AMNH; map of Roman Empire w/ Petra included: courtesy of AMNH; christianity stone: courtesy of Dan Gibson,; Bedouins living in the area: courtesy of Jane Taylor,; Map of Byzantine Empire or of Plate Tectonics: courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Tony Morse

Explore an amazing city carved into the sandstone cliffs.

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

Photos Zapotec Urn photos: courtesy of AMNH; Craig Chesek Field photos: courtesy of AMNH; Kid reporter: courtesy of AMNH, Craig Chesek

It's not easy being an artifact! Find out why in this urn-est interview.

Make Your Own Mythic Mask or Puppet

Photos: Garuda shadow puppet, barong costume, kappa mask, dragon shadow puppet: AMNH / Denis Finnin; Illustrations: Sean Murtha

Put on these handmade masks or puppets and tell your own mythic tale.

What's This?

Photos: Frozen Tissue Collection: All specimens from the Frozen Tissue Collection, frilled leaf-tailed gecko: AMNH / Denis Finnin cryovat, test tubes: AMNH / Craig Chesek humpback whale: John J. Mosesso / NBII coyote: AMNH; Gold: gold sheet mouflon, miniature sacrificial figurine, Spanish coins: AMNH / Craig Chesek Inca necklace: AMNH / Denis Finnin Eureka Bar: AMNH / Roderick Mickens astronaut in space: NASA computer chip: stock.xchng; Leeches: jaw: Eye of Science / Photo Researchers, Inc. bite mark: Geoff Tompkinson / Photo Researchers, Inc. leech feeding on snail: Edward Hendrycks, reproduce courtesy of the Canadian Museum of Nature leeches before and after blood meal, leeches on foot, American Medicinal Leech, Malagobdella vagans, Mark Siddall in swamp: courtesy of Mark Siddall; Dioramas: AMNH / Roderick Mickens; Mythic Creatures: All photos courtesy of American Museum of Natural History; Vietnam: pygmi loris, Tonkin snub-nosed monkey: Tilo Nadler / Frankfurt Zoological Society Oriental pit viper: Robert W. Murphy / Royal Ontario Museum scientists with camera trap: Kevin Frey / AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation saola: European Commission, Social Forestry and Nature Conservation

Can you tell the difference between a giraffe's bones and those from a mammoth? Test your knowledge of fossils.

Mythic Creatures Books

Ignite your imagination with these six books.

Inca Investigation

Photos: Artifact photos: courtesy of AMNH and Craig Morris; Illustrations: Archaeologist's office: Don Baker/Represented by Kolea Baker; Inca Chronicles: The Royal Library, Copenhagen, (redrawn by Eric Hamilton); Inca Empire Map: R. Alan Covey

Examine maps and ancient artifacts. And collect all six Inca chronicles!

Make Your Own Mythic Creatures Stationery

Illustrations: Sean Murtha

Send a note to a friend with these mythical letterheads.

Mint Your Own Coin

Photos: What to Do (all photos): courtesy of AMNH; Global Coin collection: courtesy of David Markowitz; Coin Gallery: courtesy of AMNH, Roderick Mickens

Make a coin that tells something special about you.

Poison For Good, Poison For Evil

Watch two stories from ancient Greece that are animated as if they are vase paintings come to life.


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