April 18, 2008
A shell gorget with a jaguar engraved on it is exhibited on Feb. 25 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU. The gorget, estimated to be about 2,000 years old, was discovered in Fairfield Mound 2 in Benton County, by Ray Wood and is part of the “Before Columbus” exhibit at the museum.
Ray Wood looks at the Fairfield Gorget, an ornament made from conch shell engraved with an elaborate jaguar, at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU. Wood and Rolland Pangborn found the gorget in 1958.
This Mexican anthropomorphic figure depicts a hunchback with a staff. Hunchback figures were prominent in Mesoamerican art beginning around the 12th century B.C. This figure and the following artifacts are on display at MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology.
This spouted vessel depicts a ceremonial scene and is topped with a human figure who is surrounded by five attendants.
This Peruvian painted pottery vessel depicts fish, lobster and other sea animals. A small stone frog is attached to the side of the pot.
Figures of musicians adorn this double-chambered Peruvian whistling vessel. The Lambayeque people, best known for their metal and gold work, also created stone masterpieces such as this whistle.
This Peruvian plume was probably used as either a simple fan or as a headdress to mark the importance of an individual. Its exact purpose is unknown.
This Peruvian textile fragment shows warriors with weapons and trophy heads. Ancient people from the Midwest might have produced textiles, too, but organic materials tend to decompose in the Missouri climate.
Alex W. Barker, left, director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU, left, has a conversation with Ray Wood about the gorget with a jaguar engraved on it.
April 17, 2008
Missouri sophomore left fielder Aaron Senne swings at a pitch delivered during the first inning of the Tiger's game against William Woods University on Wednesday. Missouri won the game 16-9.
Drake University student Mandi McClue gets a mumps immunization shot from Polk County Health nurse Lori Parsons. Most of the college students who got the mumps in a big outbreak in 2006 had received the recommended two vaccine shots, according to a study that raises questions about whether a new vaccine or another booster shot is needed.
Robert Johnson, owner of Green Team Lawn Care, pushes a non-motorized lawnmower across the lawn of a home in east Columbia. Johnson avoids using fossil fuels by using a bike to trailer his man-powered equipment across town.
Robert Johnson carefully trims the street edge of a home in east Columbia. Rather than using modern, gas-powered lawn equipment, Johnson relies on an old-fashioned pushmower, long-handled clippers and a broom.
Robert Johnson switches from bicycling shoes to grass-cutting shoes. Johnson uses a bike to trailer his non-motorized lawn equipment from one job to the next.
Robert Johnson opts for a push-broom instead of a roaring blower. Johnson uses no fossil fuels in his business, preferring instead to trailer his old-fashioned equipment around town.
Rachel Rubin, a student intern at the Hillel House, puts away dishes after washing them in preparation for Passover on Wednesday afternoon at the Hillel House in Columbia. In preparation for the holiday, volunteers spent nearly a week cleaning and preparing the kitchen for use.
MU freshman Claire Stuckel, left, Elizabeth Augustine, center, and Amanda Fleming, right, listen as the names of the students and teachers killed at Virginia Tech last year are read off during a vigil Wednesday evening on the Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. About 150 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.