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The scientific tourist #325 — the coffin of Harwa

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago displays this coffin in an oddly understated way, packed in among a bevy of mummies and their grave goods. It belonged to a man named Harwa, who lived in the early 7th century BC… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #253 — da Vinci’s armored car

Seen at the Galleria Michelangelo in Florence Italy, it’s a wooden model of a da Vinci armored car… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — moving the moai

Everybody who’s ever seen the huge stone heads (moai) of Easter Island has wondered how they could possibly have been moved into place… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #212 — leaning into it

Today’s photo comes to you from the National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Museo Archeologico Centrale dell’ Etruria); it’s a fragment of limestone, originally from the palace of Sennacherib in Ninevah…

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The scientific tourist #210 — the disk of Chichén Itzá

Another shot from Mérida’s Museum of Anthropology and History, this one’s a carved disc found in the site’s observatory…

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The scientific tourist #187 — Pueblo Bonito, from above

Pueblo Bonito is both the largest, as well as the best known great house in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico — but that doesn’t mean that there’s agreement on just what it is…

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Casual Friday — the Antikythera Mechanism recreated, with Legos

Courtesy of Nature magazine, a modern creation of the world’s first (mechanical) computer…

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