Gary M. Feinman

Gary M. Feinman is an archaeologist and the MacArthur curator of anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Serpent Mound in Ohio

Learning From History, If We Dare

The role and success of governance and institutions in facing and meeting the challenges of the past unlock a treasure trove of information that just may guide us toward better futures.

July 11, 2023

El Mirado site

Archaeology Is Flipping the Script on What We Know About Ancient Mesoamerica

Recent archaeology emerging from ancient Mesoamerica is flipping the script of public understanding about the people and institutions that inhabited this world: the evidence tells us that cooperative and pluralistic government was at least as common as and more resilient than despotic states.

June 29, 2023