NaPoWriMo Day 26: Archaeological Log 04.01.3005: Analysis of Contents of Box Belonging to Human Subject #THBH0413
Item 1: Necklace
Description: Made of paper. Origami diamonds: six colors—a rainbow— alternating, seven times. Strung with silver thread. Catches sun rays—on a good weather day.
Analysis: Subject haunted by inability to hold light close to the body. Split a prism into jewelry. Felt unworthy of wearing beauty on her neck.
Item 2: Rose
Description: Ceramic. Mid-bloom and unpainted. Petals halted in beginning of beckon. Rough to the touch—unbaked and unglossed. Thumb imprints pockmarked over blossom—bigger than Subject’s fingers.
Analysis: Some other artist crafted this for Subject. A love. Incomplete— split, untimely but necessary. Grew at non-optimal rate. Was not built to last. Breakable.
Item 3: Bird
Description: Craft—no taxidermy, no sign of flesh or formaldehyde. Pine needles for feathers—mahogany brown, charcoal gray, eggshell white. Glass eyes, dark pupils, off-center: perhaps from mishandling.
Analysis: An object of peculiar interest to Subject. A bird without flight. A body unbodied by artifice. Earthbound. It is possible Subject feels some kinship with this trinket.
In honor of National Chocolate Day, we bring you this story of a delicious discovery made a little while back:
More than 100 years after joining the Museum’s archaeological collection, a remarkable set of 11th-century pottery excavated in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon is at the center of a discovery.
Found at Pueblo Bonito, one of the great ceremonial complexes of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples, the rare ceramics were collected for the Museum by George Pepper at the turn of last century. Only recently, however, have researchers looked to the set to search for chemical traces of the vessels’ long-lost contents. The results were electrifying: tests revealed the presence of theobromine, the biomarker for cacao, confirming the earliest known use of chocolate north of the Mexican border.