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 to create a geological map for tracking humans and animals. UF photo by Lyon Duong Wher...
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 Guatemala. Erin Thornton analyzes ancient animal remains in the lab. Photo courtesy of...
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. ...
deer antler

Maya politics likely played role in ancient large game decline

When Kitty Emery goes hunting for large-game, she doesn't have to wait for the right season, because the animals that Emery hunts are already dead. And her hunting has paid off. Kitty Emery holds a white-tailed deer antler found at one of 25 Maya...
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 l...