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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.

Poison For Good, Poison For Evil

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

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 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.

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.

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