Environmental Archaeology

Ashley Sharpe holding skull

Old teeth, new stories

UF archaeologist uses Chicxulub ‘dinosaur crater’ rocks, prehistoric teeth to track ancient humans These rocks from the Chicxulub 'dinosaur crater' were used ...
Meggan Blessing

Austin, Bullen 2016 student research award winners named

The Florida Museum of Natural History recently announced the winners of the 2016 Austin Award and Bullen Award for student research and significant contributions to the development of museum collections and programs. Biology graduate student Andr...
Museum doctoral examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament.

Beyond the temples

Ancient bones reveal the lives of the Mayan working class Museum doctoral student Ashley Sharpe examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament. The ar...
Erin Thornton in Lab

Earliest use of Mexican turkeys by ancient Maya

As a University of Florida graduate student, one of Erin Thornton’s first assignments was to identify turkey bones from an ancient Mayan archaeological site in ...
Daniela Triadan

Study counters ideas about Mayan elite craftworks

Shell artifacts dating to the Late Classic (750 - 800 A.D.), excavated from Aguateca, that were in the process of being crafted into beads called "tinklers" that were worn on clothing and tinkled with movement. The specific shell species, Oliva porp...
Maya ritual

Bone collectors and sacred trash

To the Maya, throwing away the bones of hunted animals is as wasteful as throwing away the entire animal itself. In fact, it's pretty much one and the same. ...
SERVING VESSEL

A queen’s final feast

Ritual animal remains from Copan's Margarita structure analyzed The fascinating serving vessel for the turkey was decorated with this small figure holding a large mask over his face. In 426 AD, a noble we now know as K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' (Great...