Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red (Online Exhibit Spotlight) / Cochinilla: Cómo México Hizo que el Mundo Viera el Rojo (Exposición en Línea)

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (Virtual) 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Cochineal, a tiny insect found on certain species of Oaxacan cacti, was harvested for millennia by Indigenous peoples to dye fabrics a vibrant red color. But following the European invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century, it became a widely coveted, globally traded commodity that transformed textiles and art, and made Mexico a center […]

Mexican Red: The Perfect Color that Changed the World (Free Virtual Event) / Rojo Mexicano: El Color Perfecto que Cambió el Mundo (Conferencia Virtual Gratuita)

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Harvard University Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a small insect that produces a brilliant red pigment. Found in textiles, paintings, cosmetics, and many other objects that span the globe, cochineal is an integral part of world history. Cochineal […]

The Power of Antiquity in the Making of Modern Egypt (Free Virtual Lecture)

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Wendy Doyon, Historian of Archaeology and Modern Egypt Ancient Egypt conjures images of pharaonic temples, tombs, and pyramids, and perhaps, even the familiar illustrations from children’s books and magazines showing kilted workers on the Nile toiling away on their kings’ great monuments. But what is the relationship between these images—along with the deep history they […]

Members Night at the Museum (Hybrid Event)

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture members are invited to a fun, informative, rotating tour of our newest exhibitions. Curators, exhibitions staff, and educators will discuss the making of Mediterranean Marketplaces in the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Muchos Méxicos in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and From the Hands of […]

The “Mummy Portraits” of Roman Egypt: Status, Ethnicity, and Magic

Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Lorelei H. Corcoran, Professor of Art History; Director, Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology University of Memphis In ancient Egypt, one of the final steps in the mummification process was to equip the body with a permanent face covering that helped to protect the head and also to ritually transform the deceased into a god. […]

International Archaeology Day: Meet an Archaeologist

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Drop in to learn about archaeology with graduate students. Join archaeologist Jack Bishop and examine ancient stone tools for a glimpse into the early domestication of animals and the rise of agriculture in the Middle East (11:00 am–1:00 pm). See how the ancient Inka of Peru (c. 1400–1532 CE) wrote with string. Join archaeologist Mack […]

Rethinking Maya Heritage: Past and Present (Free Hybrid Lecture)

Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Richard M. Leventhal, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Previously unable to control the story of […]

Teen Saturdays at the Museum! / ¡Sábados de Jóvenes!

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Teen Saturdays! is designed for Latino teens interested in culture and community. High school students of Hispanic heritage are invited to monthly workshops to explore notions of culture and identity through bilingual discussions, hands-on activities, and exploring their reactions to exhibits. Sign up for one session or more. Meet people, munch on snacks, learn something […]

When Evolution Hurts (Free Hybrid Lecture)

Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Terence D. Capellini, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Being able to walk upright on two feet is a physical trait that distinguishes modern humans from our early ancestors. While the evolution of bipedalism has contributed to our success as a species, it has also limited the evolution of other features and increased our […]

Iron in the Sky: Meteorites in Ancient Egypt

Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Victoria Almansa-Villatoro, Junior Research Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows In ancient Egypt, iron harvested from meteorites was used to create ritual objects associated with royalty and power. An iron dagger from the tomb of King Tutankhamun is one of the oldest Egyptian objects verified to be of meteoritic origin. In this lecture, Almansa-Villatoro will discuss […]