Reblogged from the Field Museum web site:
The Ancient Americas
Opens March 9, 2007
Step into the windswept world of Ice-Age mammoth hunters. Walk through a replica of an 800-year-old pueblo dwelling and imagine your entire family cooking, eating, and sleeping in one small room. Explore the Aztec empire and its island capital, Tenochtitlan, a city of more than 200,000 people and an extraordinary feat of engineering for any era. Discover what Field Museum scientists and others have learned about the Americans who lived here before us, and how it’s changing nearly everything we thought we knew!
The Field Museum’s ground-breaking new exhibition, The Ancient Americas, takes you on a journey through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the western hemisphere, where hundreds of diverse societies thrived long before the arrival of Europeans. In this 19,000-square-foot permanent exhibition you’ll live the epic story of the peopling of these continents, from the Arctic to the tip of South America. Discover how and why the early Americans developed farming, created new forms of artistic expression, and forged mighty empires. See more than 2,200 artifacts, amazing reconstructions, and dozens of videos and interactive displays, and come to understand the ingenuity with which ancient peoples met the challenges of their times and places…as we meet ours today.
The Ancient Americas is made possible by the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The Farming Villagers Gallery is presented by the Abbott Fund. The Innovators Gallery is presented by ITW Foundation.
An interview with Gary Feinman (curator of Middle American Anthropology) and Jonathan Haas (MacArthur Curator, Anthropology of the Americas) appears in the Spring 2007 issue of In the Field.