Exhibit Artifact Spotlights: Jade and the Four Bacabs

JADE:  In our American culture, we often say that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” or “Diamonds are forever.” However, to the Maya, jade is considered a highly prized stone, more than diamonds or even gold. It’s truly fascinating to learn why different cultures put more or less value on certain precious stones than others. …

Adversity and Resilience: the Maya People of Chiapas

The Connecticut Science Center is pleased to feature a piece by our community partners, Deborah Fernandez and Mary Jo Fernandez, who were kind enough to join us for Straight Talk: Maya by Moonlight back in September.  Millions of descendants of the ancient Maya, whose civilization and cities you can explore in the Connecticut Science …

Virtual Field Trip: Maya Ruins of Tulum

If you’ve noticed in some of my previous blog posts I mention my experience traveling to the Maya ruins of Tulum in Cozumel, Mexico, quite frequently. I want to tell you the story of my trip to Tulum and invite you to take a virtual tour through some panoramic shots and my photographs. Perhaps this …

Science At Play: Artifact Rubbings

When archaeologists doing fieldwork discover a large artifact that is important to decoding a culture’s way of life, they often take images of carvings or other elaborate details to study until the object can be excavated and transported to research labs. However, instead of taking a picture with a camera, they often create a rubbing …