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Mesoamerica and Central America Collections

Mesoamerica and Central America

This Field Museum's Mesoamerican and Central American collections include a wide-range of archaeological and ethnographic pieces, many of the highest exhibition quality. This collection also includes a number of collections of signifcant research value, including those from scientific excavations made by J. Eric Thompson, and the research collections gathered by several significant cultural anthropologists.

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This Field Museum's Mesoamerican and Central American collections include a wide-range of archaeological and ethnographic pieces, many of the highest exhibition quality. This collection also includes a number of collections of signifcant research value, including those from scientific excavations made by J. Eric Thompson, and the research collections gathered by several significant cultural anthropologists. Portions of the collection were previously loaned to the Guggenheim, the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Museum of Mexican Arts (Chicago), and the Art Institute of Chicago.

A Maya incense bowl and its contents that was dredged from the Cenote of Sacrifice at Chichen Itza was researched by a collaborative team interested in the production process that was used to fabricate the famous Maya Blue pigment. The results of this investigation were published in Antiquity in 2008. The resultant findings were judged the top archaeology discovery of 2008 by Archaeology magazine and one of the ten top scientific discoveries of that year by USA Today

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Collections

The Museum is rich in collections from three of the ancient Middle and South American cultures whose conflicts with European societies were among the most dramatic and far-reaching. These collections are particularly strong in ceramics:
The Museums's Latin American collections include fine textiles from highland Peru and Bolivia and from Guatemala.
Far from “discovering the New World,” Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere long after complex societies had already risen, fallen, persisted, and transformed in the Americas. The Field Museum’s collections from Middle and Central America have allowed anthropologists to...
For six short months in 1893, Jackson Park in Chicago was home to one of the largest and most spectacular expositions of the 19th Century. Near the close of the Fair, The Field Columbian Museum (now The Field Museum) was founded.