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Chocolate in the Southwest by AD 800?
Chocolate in the Southwest by AD 800? They were humble farmers who grew corn and dwelt in subterranean pit houses. But the people who lived 1200 years ago in a Utah village known as Site 13, near Canyonlands National Park in Utah, seem to have had at least one indulgence: chocolate. Researchers repo...
Did Ancient Southwestern Peoples Trade Turquoise for Chocolate?
Like Turquoise for Chocolate? Talk about a sweet deal—prehistoric peoples of Mesoamerica may have traded chocolate for gems from the U.S. Southwest, a new study suggests. Traces of a chemical found in cacao—the main ingredient in chocolate—were found in several drinking vessels from variou...
Website Launched to Track Threatened Heritage Sites
Website Launched to Track Threatened Heritage Sites A new internet platform has been launched today to rescue cultural heritage sites on the verge of being irremediably lost, said Global Heritage Fund, a California-based nonprofit organization that focuses on historical preservation. Called Glob...
New Digital Video: Science and Serendipity
At a recent Center for Desert Archaeology gathering, Dr. Patricia Crown related the series of serendipitous events that led to her discovery of ancient cacao residues on ceramics from Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonito. This presentation was recorded on September 19, 2010. more...