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Fact Sheet

Anthropology FAQs from the Anthropology Outreach Office

The Anthropology Outreach Office serves to promote the understanding of the field of anthropology and the research conducted in the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology. 

Archaeology FAQs

This information has been prepared to cover topics most frequently encountered: career information, excavation, fieldwork opportunities, artifact identification, and preservation.

Bat Facts

Answers to some of the questions most often asked of the National Museum of Natural History  about the biology and natural history of these shy, nocturnal creatures.

Care of Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumber Throws
Cher Ami--World War I Carrier Pigeon
Early Cars: Fact Sheet for Children
Egyptian Mummies

Information and reading list on the process of Egyptian mummification.

Egyptian Pyramids

Information and reading list on Egyptian pyramid history and construction.

Facts about the United States Flag
Famous Horses
Foucault Pendulum

The Foucault Pendulum is named for the French physicist Jean Foucault (pronounced Foo-koh), who first used it in 1851 to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.

Genealogical Research for Native Americans
General Information on Obtaining Authentication and Appraisal of Violins
Guarneri Family of Violin Makers
Guidelines for Caring for Objects
Hammer Dulcimer: History and Playing
Hope Diamond Fact Sheet

Learn about the history of the Hope Diamond.

How do I store antique textiles at home?
Instrument Maker Gaspard Duiffopruggar
Instrument Maker Giovanni Paolo Maggini

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