Dirk Van Tuerenhout

Maya Writing | How Ancient Texts Connect Us to People of the Past
May 5, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

When we survey the field of pre-Contact indigenous cultures in the Americas, the ancient Maya are by far the one we know the most about. Like other cultures, the Maya have left us a very rich archaeological record. We can excavate and investigate their cities; we can be awed by the extensive time depth of […]

What The Loss Of The Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro’s Collections Means To The World
September 12, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  The evening of Sunday, September 2, 2018 marked the loss of one of the world’s largest natural history collections. A fire destroyed the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, and with the building, a collection of roughly 20 million artifacts, specimens and books went up in smoke. This is a devastating loss to the […]

The Krak Des Chevaliers: A Tough Nut To Krak
January 4, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Organized warfare has been part of human history for thousands of years. Over time advances in offensive weapons gave rise to advances in defensive measures. Times of crisis often led to a speeding up of such changes. One of those times were the Crusades. At the time I am writing this, the Houston Museum of […]

New Special Exhibition at HMNS – Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection
March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Opening March 24 – FREE for Members Over a period of several decades, two medical doctors studied Hepatitis B in Asia. This husband and wife team, Dr. Palmer Beasley and Dr. Lu Yu Hwang, took advantage of their travels abroad to collect artifacts wherever they went. Sadly, Dr. Beasley passed away in 2012, and the […]



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