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The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology,... more.
Professor of Anthropology
J.D. and C.T. MacArthur Foundation
Professor of English
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Key Education Advisor
Royal Geographic Society
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
Royal Geographical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer and A Member of the Board of Directors
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Board of Trustees Member
Then Anna C. Roosevelt, the curator of archaeology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, re-excavated Marajó.
Her complete report, Moundbuilders of the Amazon (1991), was like the anti-matter version of Amazonia. Marajó, she argued, was "one of the outstanding indigenous cultural achievements of the New World," a powerhouse that lasted for more than a thousand years, had "possibly well over 100,000" inhabitants, and covered thousands of square miles. Rather than damaging the forest, Marajó's "earth construction" and "large, dense populations" had improved it: the most luxuriant and diverse growth was on the mounds formerly occupied by the Marajóara. "If you listened to Meggers's theory, these places should have been ruined," Roosevelt says. Roosevelt, Meggers argued, had committed the beginner's error of mistaking a site that had been occupied many times by small, unstable groups for a single, long-lasting society. When the traces of human occupation vanished, they kept digging. ("You always go a meter past sterile," Roosevelt says.) A few inches below they struck the charcoal-rich dirt that signifies human habitation-a culture, Roosevelt said later, that wasn't supposed to be there. It's not, if researchers like Roosevelt are correct.
Archaeology | BEYONDbones
Take Dr. Anna Roosevelt, for example.
A professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a curator at the Field Museum in the same city, Dr. Roosevelt has been investigating early human presence in the Amazon for decades now. The information she and her team have uncovered now point to an Amazon region that was very different thousands of years ago - well before the arrival of the Europeans. To get to this point, Dr. Roosevelt and her colleagues worked for years in the Amazon, in places like Marajó Island as well as rivers further inland. Dr. Roosevelt's team checked off all these boxes, and came up with cool finds, some on land, some underwater. Diving in the Xingu River, 2001 Archaeologist Dr. Anna Roosevelt diving in the Xingu River, 2001. On International Archaeology Day, we pay homage to the work done by people like Dr. Roosevelt.
Oral Histories « SWG: The Society of Woman Geographers
Anna Roosevelt (b. 1946), anthropologist, Curator of Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History, Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, U. of Illinois.
Roosevelt joined SWG in 1977 and received the Gold Medal in 1999. Dr. Roosevelt's permission is required for access to this oral history. Contact SWG Headquarters for instructions.
Dia do Ã�ndio: A Day of Honor and Indigenous Pride | Brazigzag
According to Anna C. Roosevelt, the curator of archaeology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, the Marajóara people created and maintained "one of the outstanding indigenous cultural achievements of the New World."
January 2013 | 2013 Minutes
This month we met at Chicago Lighthouse, located at 1850 w. Roosevelt at the corner of Roosevelt and Wood.
Tonight's Presentation: Was by Anna Roosevelt, PhD. She is a renowned archaeologist, professor of Anthropology at UIC and former curator at the Field Museum. Her topic this evening was the discovery that Paleoindian cultures had settled in the Amazon River Basin shortly after the last ice age. This was much earlier than had previously been understood. She discussed how abandoned settlement sites can be discerned by the presence of groves of Brazil nut trees.