Once again, Field Museum Anthropologists have teamed up to solve centuries-old question concerning the mysterious, fascinating, brilliantly hued pigment known as Maya Blue. Impervious to the effects of chemical or physical weathering, the pigment was applied to pottery, sculpture, and murals in Mesoamerica largely during the Classic and Postclassic periods (AD 250-1520) .  Please read more here.


Congratulations to Adjunct Curator Dean E. Arnold and Curators Gary Feinman and Ryan Williams (all Anthropology) for their amazing discoveries! Please read on for more exciting Collections & Research news!



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Video: Field Museum Anthropologist Gary Feinman discusses the mysterious pigment, Maya Blue
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Paul Webala, Ruth Keeru and Bruce Patterson working in the field studying the Bats of Kenya

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Research & Publications   
 Maneless Tsavo Lion; Photo by Bruce Patterson
MacArthur Curator Bruce Patterson (Zoology/Mammals) was the banquet speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cenozoic Research, held at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, his talk on the Tsavo lions focused on manelessness...

Curator Gary Feinman (Anthropology), is the co-author of a Perspective piece recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled "Archaeology as a Social Science"...
Fieldwork & Collections   
A male Cinnyris rockefelleri found in the Congo; the first specimen recorded in more than 50 years
Associate Curator John Bates, Assistant Collections Manager Tom Gnoske, and Research Assistant Josh Engel (all Zoology/Birds) returned in early May from a month of fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

Staff Scientist Jason Weckstein, Emeritus Collections Manager/Adjunct Curator Dave Willard, and Intern Luke Campillo (all Zoology/Birds) traveled to Nicaragua from April 16-30, where they surveyed birds and their parasites at two cloud forest localities...


Public Education & Media 
The Lanting Xu rubbing was created during the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279), and copies from this early date are very rare, The Field Museum's could be the oldest copy known.  Photo by John Weinstein.