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Anthropology & Archaeology

Anthropology is the story of ourselves. Whether we’re talking about the modern era or the lives of people tens of thousands of years in the past, anthropology is the science that weaves together the human experience. The games, stories, and photos you’ll find here are your connection to people across time.

GET CURIOUS

Watch as Museum Member and actor Ty Burrell takes us behind the scenes in the Museum’s Anthropology collections and Dr. Jason Cryan hosts a conversation with Museum scientists.

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ANTHROPOLOGY STORIES

Fossils of Mammoth, baby mammoth, saber tooth cat, and others

Where Did All the Mammoths Go?


Researchers are still debating why some of North America's largest mammals disappeared.
An anthropologist holds a lantern slide featuring a Hopi girl wearing traditional clothing.

Historic Photography of Native Americans of the Southwest


NHMU is home to a collection of historic lantern slides photographed by Horace S. Poley around the turn of the 20th century.

The Birth of the Antiquities Act


Read about the early days of the Antiquities Act.

3D MODELS FROM THE ANTHROPOLOGY COLLECTION

Comparing items can tell us a lot about different people at different times. Take a closer look at these collection items to see how they’re all made in different ways! Please allow a few moments for the 3D content to load.


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GATHERING BASKET 1: Check out this 3D model to get an in-depth look at a gathering basket from our collections!


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GATHERING BASKET 2: What differences do you see between the gathering baskets in our collections?


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WINNOWING TRAY: Winnowing trays were important tools for food preparation. Have a look at this one!

ANTHROPOLOGY VIDEOS

Some clues about the past are subtle. Listen to Museum anthropologist Lisbeth Louderback explain the important of residues on archaeological items.


Falling into a cave was an unlucky break for some animals, but their bones are providing lots of new information for the Museum’s archaeologists and paleontologists.

Finding just the right fibers to make clothes and other items was an important task.

The Four Corners area has its own variety of potato that has been important to the region’s people through time.

 


ARCHAEOLOGY AND RANGE CREEK

RANGE CREEK STORIES

Maize stalks grow in the Range Creek irrigation study.

Behind the Scenes: What is Experimental Archaeology?


Efforts to recreate the past lead to some surprising discoveries.

Hide Your Stuff in Plain Sight: Up a 1,000-Foot Rock Face


Our researchers seek to understand why Fremont Indian granaries in Range Creek are located far above the ground in hard-to-reach but easy-to-see locations. It turns out that high visibility can sometimes be a great deterrent to theft.

Corn-Pone Tunes: Favorite Songs from Range Creek


Looking for a new playlist? Here's one from our Range Creek Field School, completely centered on their work with corn.

ARCHAEOLOGY VIDEOS

What’s it like in Range Creek? Let Museum archaeologist Shannon Boomgarden give you a tour.

Range Creek archaeologists are investigating how the Fremont people stored their food.

 

Now that you’ve learned about the importance of plants to people, it’s time to send some roots down into our Botany section!