A Survey of Metatemporal Research

A Student Exhibition

On Saturday, February 2nd 2008 the IAMER Field Museum staff conducted a graduate-level field seminar teaching the essentials of metatemporal research. The seminar was a hands-on experience, allowing participants to handle actual artifacts and perform their own analysis. We had an enrollment of seven graduate students, all of whom participated in an excavation adjacent to this museum. They broke into teams and each had their own three foot square to excavate. The students had surprising results: all groups uncovered culturally important objects from which they could deduce much about the society that lived here.

The current exhibition is a result of the students' research. On display are the objects and field notes of the students. We chose to display the field notes in order to give the visitor a better understanding of metatemporal research process and the students' work. Instead of providing traditional labels we would like the viewer to review the field notes.

Metatemporal Research Tools

Since the advent of human controlled time-travel, the practice of metatemporal research has not only changed the fields of cliodynamics, cliometrics, and comparative history, but it has also greatly changed the everyday lives of humans. While these fields were once limited by their chronological positions, metatemporal research gives scientists the ability to gather previously unavailable data. This research has resulted in a more comprehensive understanding of the cycles of human history, and allowed world leaders to make better informed decisions.

This research still at times involves the analysis of found material objects, and while this may resemble traditional analysis methods our theoretical framework informs our findings in a new and different way. Metatemporal research utilizes a non-linear understanding of time which provides a new and unique perspective. Despite this difference, we do at times use more traditional research methods. Displayed here are some of the tools used in metatemporal research and therefore in our graduate level seminar conducted recently.

Exhibition Photos