The scientific tourist #293 — digging at the Maxwell Museum

A scene unique to most museums — a life-size recreation of an archaeological dig, on display at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Digging at the Maxwell Museum

Given how much archaeological and anthropological work takes place at the University of New Mexico, it’s a bit surprising that its anthropology museum is as humble in size as is the Maxwell.  Still, it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area and have an interest in the fields.  This recreation is basically the centerpiece of the permanent exhibit area in the Maxwell, while a number of other displays of artifacts and bones surround it on two levels.  About an equal amount of space is devoted to traveling exhibits, and the museum’s bookstore has some real finds awaiting you!

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