Augmented Reality Maya Chocolate Plate


Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Maya chocolate plate
Maya chocolate plate from Holmul, Guatemala. Peabody Museum Expedition, R.E. Merwin, Director, 1911.© President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM 11-6-20/C5666.

Special Activity for International Archaeology Day  

“Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Maya women were often essential for uniting kingdoms. When a marriage was arranged between Maya royal families, kings would exchange gifts like this ceramic three-legged plate for serving chocolate. Use the museum’s iPad as a “magic window” to discover fine details on one such plate that cannot be seen on the actual artifact. A gallery facilitator will guide you through the experience and will share more about the Maya.

Regular museum admission rates apply.
See the related virtual reality experience at the Harvard Semitic Museum, across the street.