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The scientific tourist #359 — Ahuizotl

A ferocious mythical creature, and namesake of a notable Aztec warrior… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #356 — pseudoglyphs

It may be that when you look at this vessel, you’re thinking two things: 1) The decoration on it looks Mayan 2) You can’t read any of it If so, you’re right on both counts — it’s a Mayan vessel, but … Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #353 — Hammurabi’s Code

Here, on display at the Louvre in Paris, is the Code of Hammurabi — a compilation of legal rulings dating back to about 1754 BC… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #352 — Pula Arena

Brought to you from the scenic town of Pula, Croatia — it’s an ancient Roman amphitheater, best known as the Pula Arena: But this is no mere antiquity.  The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side … Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #349 — Montezuma Pithouse

Some years ago, I told you about the (very inaccurately named) Montezuma’s Castle structure in Arizona. Today, you get to see a pithouse down the road from it… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #333 — King of Copan

Another impressive piece of work displayed in the “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” traveling exhibit, its a beautiful sculpture of one of the Kings of the ancient Maya city of Copan… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #330 — Mesa Verde Corrugated Gray

For your consideration this week, a large cooking pot from Mesa Verde in southern Colorado (on display at the History Colorado Center in Denver)… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #328 — Altar Q, Copan (west side)

This is the west side of Altar Q, from the ancient Maya site of Copan in Honduras. Or more accurately, it’s the west side of a very high-quality replica of the altar… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #319 — Huehueteotl

Found in the ruins of Teotihuacan, and now on display in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, it’s Huehueteotl… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #316 — stela for Teti-nofer

A memorial stela dating from Egypt’s Late New Kingdom, now on permanent display at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History… Continue reading

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