Archived News 2007
DNA can now be extracted from wads of chewed fiber, or quids, left by the ancient people who chewed them.
- 12/16/07 Showcase Examines Art that Commodified Japan, Gatehouse News Service. An exhibit of early souvenir photos depicting Japanese ”types” of people examines Western demand for Eastern stereotypes.
- 11/22/07 Tribe Celebrates Federal Recognition on Eve of Annual Holiday Protest, Boston Globe. Mashpee Wampanoags perform a special ceremony at the Peabody Museum.
- 11/15/07 Digging History in Harvard Yard, Harvard Gazette. Student archaeologists digging in Harvard Yard discuss their finds as the dig continues.
- 11/2/07 Family: A Lively Tribute, Boston Globe. The Boston Globe recommends the Museum’s Day of the Dead Family event.
- 9/28/07 American Indians Bless Search for Harvard Roots, Harvard Gazette. A group of American Indian leaders bless the start of an archaeological dig in Harvard Yard for Harvard’s Indian College.
- 8/31/07 Scientists Have Something to Chew On, Harvard Gazette. Harvard researchers use the remains of yucca leaves chewed by ancient people to extract DNA.
- 8/27/07 At Harvard, it's CSI: The Early Years, Boston Globe. For the first time anywhere, Harvard researchers extract DNA from ancient artifacts.
- 8/24/07 DNA from Spit Helps Decode Lives of Early Settlers, “All Things Considered,” NPR. A Peabody Museum researcher describes the benefits of getting DNA from ancient chewed leaves.
- 8/22/07 Ancient Chewing Gum Yields DNA, Science Now [requires subscription]. A vanished tribe of Native Americans left their DNA traces for Harvard researchers to discover.
- 4/27/07 Photographing Distant Lands and Vanished Kingdoms, Harvard Crimson. The Peabody features an exhibit of photos taken by National Geographic explorers in the 1920s.
- 4/18/07 Archaeological Bookends in Copán Valley, Harvard Gazette. Peabody Museum researchers begin making 3D scans of ancient hieroglyphs and prepare to dig at two Maya sites.
- 4/12/07–5/3/07 Scanning History, Yaxchilan, Mexico, Harvard Gazette Multimedia. A series of multimedia presentations about Peabody Museum 3D scans of archaeological finds.