Marshall Saville

Over 100 years ago, an archaeologist named Marshall Saville began exploring ancient ruins in Mexico. While in high school, Saville met a local collector of rare artifacts, who inspired him to pursue a career in archaeology. He brought lots of artifacts about the Zapotec culture back to the American Museum of Natural History.

Dates: 1867-1935
Hometown: Rockport, Massachusetts
Education: Harvard University
Job: first curator of Mexican and Central American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History (1901-1907)
Known for: research on Mexican and Central American culture
Cool find: a life-size terra-cotta figure of an ancient warrior dressed in armor of quilted cotton

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH.