On display at the Field Museum: World Cultures, including European prehistory, Roman, Egyptian, Ancient Americas, prehistoric Africa, Asia
Temporary Exhibition: Scenes from the Stone Age: Cave Paintings from Lascaux, 20 March – 8 September 2013
Visiting the Field Museum:
Much of the development of the anthropology and archaeology collections in the Field Museum since 1893 has been a result of research undertaken by museum staff. The internationally significant Mesoamerican collection, for example, derive in part from excavations carried out by Eric Thompson and others.
Highlights of the archaeological collections include:
Sen-Worset III was a Pharaoh in during Egypt’s Middle King’s. His funerary boat is at the museum, and is only one of six such boats outside Egypt. This was the artefact that the scientist Willard Libby of the University of Chicago used to help him calculate the half-life of radiocarbon, when he was working on developing the technique much of archaeology benefits today, radiocarbon dating – for which he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1960.
A number of the artefacts in the museum’s Roman collection come from a Roman Villa site near Pompeii, and were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Besides these objects are a number of replicas of artefacts recovered from Pompeii, including bronze sculptures and other everyday implements such as pots and pans.