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Make Your Own Archaeology Stationery

Illustrations stationery design 1 and 2: Eric Hamilton; Stationery Design 1: Tony Morse

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

Create Your Own Time Capsule

Photos: courtesy of AMNH

Making a Field Journal

Photos: Christina in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; What to Do: all photos: courtesy of AMNH

Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Photos: Chuck Spencer: courtesy of AMNH; Oaxaca, Mexico: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; Monte Alban: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Chuck surveying a site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Elsa Redmond: courtesy Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; sieve and trowels: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; piece of pottery: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologist recording in the field: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; skull rack: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologists working: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Museum collections: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck Spencer and Christina Elson: courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Map of Oaxaca Mexico: courtesy of Christina Elson; Tools: Eric Hamilton

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

Tools of the Trade

All photos: courtesy of AMNH, David Hurst Thomas, and Lori Pendleton; Illustrations: Eric Hamilton

What Do You Know About Archaeology?

Photos: site excavation: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Oaxaca, Mexico: courtesy of Christina Elson; pottery shards: courtesy of AMNH; bracelet: courtesy of AMNH

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

Archaeologists sometimes use sound waves to help them find objects at underwater sites.

What's the Big Idea About Archaeology?

Photos: pottery: courtesy of AMNH; artifacts: courtesy of AMNH; monument: courtesy of Christina Elson; woman working: courtesy of AMNH; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; building remains: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Building excavation: courtesy Christina Elson; pottery pieces: courtesy of Christina Elson; grid: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Jaguar urn: courtesy of AMNH; New World pottery: courtesy of Christina Elson; Illustrations: broken pottery drawing: Christina Elson

See how artifacts and ruins give us glimpses of what life was like long ago.

Archaeology Books

Dig into archaeology with these six books.

Create Your Own Time Capsule

Photos: courtesy of AMNH

What would the objects say about you and the time you live in?

If Trash Could Talk

All photos: courtesy of AMNH

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

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, http://www.kb.dk/elib/mss/poma/index-en.htm (redrawn by Eric Hamilton); Inca Empire Map: R. Alan Covey

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

Make Your Own Archaeology Stationery

Illustrations stationery design 1 and 2: Eric Hamilton; Stationery Design 1: Tony Morse

Send a note to a friend with these ancient letterheads.

Making a Field Journal

Photos: Christina in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; What to Do: all photos: courtesy of AMNH

Pick an object and record your observations in a journal.

Map Your World

What You'll Need Photos: courtesy of AMNH

Follow these easy steps to create a floor plan of your room.

Meet the OLogist: Chuck Spencer

Photos: Chuck Spencer: courtesy of AMNH; Oaxaca, Mexico: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; Monte Alban: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Chuck surveying a site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Elsa Redmond: courtesy Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; sieve and trowels: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; piece of pottery: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologist recording in the field: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; skull rack: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologists working: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Museum collections: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck Spencer and Christina Elson: courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Map of Oaxaca Mexico: courtesy of Christina Elson; Tools: Eric Hamilton

Discover the intriguing facts and artifacts that Chuck has unearthed.

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.

Piecing It All Together

What to Do: all photos courtesy of AMNH

Decorate, shatter, and piece together your own pottery artifact!

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, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Elephant Headed Column: Dan Gibson, http://nabataea.net; Garden Pool Complex: courtesy of Leigh-Ann Bedal; Water pipe: Dan Gibson, http://nabataea.net Siq: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Camel relief: Andrew F. Blumenthal; Temple of the Winged Lions: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Eye Idol: courtesy of AMNH; Egyptian statuette: courtesy of AMNH; Colonnaded Street: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com Coin: Travis A. Markel / Classical Numismatic Group; Decorated incense altar: courtesy of AMNH; Qasr al Bint: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Child's ring: courtesy of AMNH Panel of Melpomene: courtesy of AMNH; Royal tombs: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; 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, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Steps: courtesy of Jordan Tourism Board North America; Ez-Zantur (house): courtesy Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Pottery: courtesy of AMNH; Jewelry - bracelet: courtesy of AMNH; Theater: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Tragic mask: courtesy of AMNH; Find Out More About Petra: Petra basin: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; camels drinking at a well / cisterns: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Map of political boundaries: courtesy of AMNH; rock-cut channel along Siq used to divert water: courtesy of Dan Gibson, http://nabataea.net; Cistern: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; 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, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; 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, http://nabataea.net; Bedouins living in the area: courtesy of Jane Taylor, http://www.janetaylorphotos.com; Map of Byzantine Empire or of Plate Tectonics: courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Tony Morse

Explore an amazing city carved into the sandstone cliffs.

Tools of the Trade

All photos: courtesy of AMNH, David Hurst Thomas, and Lori Pendleton; Illustrations: Eric Hamilton

Solve this cartoon mystery to see how archaeologists found a lost Spanish mission.

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.

What Do You Know About Archaeology?

Photos: site excavation: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Oaxaca, Mexico: courtesy of Christina Elson; pottery shards: courtesy of AMNH; bracelet: courtesy of AMNH

Test your knowledge in this quiz about what it takes to dig up the past.

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.

Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Photos: Chuck Spencer: courtesy of AMNH; Oaxaca, Mexico: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; Monte Alban: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Chuck surveying a site: courtesy of Christina Elson; Elsa Redmond: courtesy Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; sieve and trowels: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Chuck in the field: courtesy of Christina Elson; piece of pottery: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologist recording in the field: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; excavation site: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; skull rack: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; archaeologists working: courtesy of Chuck Spencer; Museum collections: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck Spencer and Christina Elson: courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Map of Oaxaca Mexico: courtesy of Christina Elson; Tools: Eric Hamilton

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?

Meet the OLogist: Sandra Olsen

Sandra Olsen, excavation, horse bone with cut marks, stone tools, team of scientists, thongsmoother, sacrificial pit, woman milking mare, boys riding horse: © Sandra Olsen Chauvet cave painting: © Jean Clottes horse pulling streetcar: © Library of Congress Pony Express stamp: ©; L. Cunliffe / AGE Fotostock world map showing Kazakstan: © AMNH artist reconstruction of Botai pithouse: © Mark Klingler computer model of Krasnyi Yar village: © Ashley Brickman The Horse exhibition: © AMNH / Denis Finnin

Find out from a zooarchaeologist how humans have tamed and bred horses.

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