Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology

Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology Exhibitions are not our focus, however, we are happy to talk with you about what we do or provide a tour of our collections.

Robert S. Peabody (Phillips Academy Class of 1857) founded our institution in 1901 with three goals in mind: to introduce the students of Phillips Academy to the world of archaeology, to promote archaeological research, and to provide a place for students to gather. Today’s Peabody Museum employs collaborative learning to actively engage students, teachers, scientists, and Native Americans with the museum’s significant archaeology and anthropology collections, while also encouraging and enlivening cultural discourse on race and gender. Exhibitions are not our focus, however, we are happy to talk with you about what we do or provide a tour of our collections. For more information visit our blog at peabody.andover.edu or contact us at [email protected].

Cross-posting--check out the latest from the JAE!
04/21/2020
Journal of Archaeology and Education

Cross-posting--check out the latest from the JAE!

Happy to share our 2nd article of 2020--Colaninno, Chick, and Feldmann on field experiences for undergrads!

As the country continues to work from home, the Peabody collections team has found plenty of remote work to keep busy.
04/20/2020
Collections work – Home edition

As the country continues to work from home, the Peabody collections team has found plenty of remote work to keep busy.

As the country continues to work from home, the Peabody collections team has gotten creative to keep everyone busy.

04/08/2020

The APRIL and MAY meetings for the MAS Gene Winter Chapter at the R.S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology are CANCELLED. Notification on when meetings will begin again will be given, most likely for the start of the 2020-2021 season in September. Stay safe everyone!

“In essence, they are holding our ancestors’ hostage,” said Tina Osceola, who was formerly a director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-...
04/02/2020
Seminole Museum to Smithsonian: ‘No More Stolen Ancestors’

“In essence, they are holding our ancestors’ hostage,” said Tina Osceola, who was formerly a director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, board member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and is currently Seminole Tribal Court associate judge.

Major expansion dispute over the repatriation of ancestral remains causes Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to withdraw from the Smithsonian

As we all adapt to our new normal, the Peabody has compiled a list of various institutions that offer digital resources,...
03/23/2020
Virtual Heritage Resources

As we all adapt to our new normal, the Peabody has compiled a list of various institutions that offer digital resources, from virtual tours to artifact images. If you are a caregiver at home with children, these can be used to enhance their educational experiences as you work to continue their learning.

Contributed by Lindsay Randall As we all adapt to our new normal, the Peabody has compiled a list of various institutions that offer digital resources, from virtual tours to artifact images. If yo…

Social distancing and looking for something to do? See what museums are doing to bring some of their exhibitions and col...
03/19/2020
COVID-19 and Social Distancing: What Museums Are Doing to Bring Their Collections to Audiences Stuck at Home

Social distancing and looking for something to do? See what museums are doing to bring some of their exhibitions and collections to audiences at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Contributed by Emma Lavoie The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. One recommendation included in thes…

03/13/2020

In response to COVID-19 concerns, the Peabody Institute will be closed to all visitors next week (March 16th - 20th). Staff will be available via email. Stay safe out there!

Thinking about Adelaide K. Bullen (1908-1987) on #InternationalWomensDay. Bullen was an archaeologist, physical anthropo...
03/09/2020

Thinking about Adelaide K. Bullen (1908-1987) on #InternationalWomensDay. Bullen was an archaeologist, physical anthropologist, mother of two sons, and spouse of Ripley P. Bullen. Adelaide and Ripley began their careers in archaeology in Massachusetts in the 1940s before relocating to Florida where they worked throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and into the 1970s, both in Florida and the Caribbean. Adelaide was senior author on their joint publication on the archaeology of Lucy Foster's early nineteenth century homestead in Andover, MA, considered the first archaeological investigation of an African American home. Adelaide completed a degree at Radcliffe College in 1943 and conducted research on somatotyping, fatigue, and stuttering, as well as early studies on the paleopathology of syphilis.While associated with the Peabody, Bullen's sons--Dana and Pierce--attended Phillips Academy and are credited with assisting on excavations led by their parents. Florida State University archaeologist Rochelle Marrinan penned a great biographical piece on Adelaide Bullen in the 1999 book Grit-Tempered: Early Women Archaeologists in the Southeastern United States.

In the Smaller Scope of Conscience
03/04/2020
In the Smaller Scope of Conscience

In the Smaller Scope of Conscience

She cited Harvard Peabody and Yale Peabody as practitioners of retentive philosophy, who purposefully render collections CUI to avoid the final step of repatriating the artifacts to the tribes.

02/24/2020
www.societyforhistoryeducation.org

Great article by Justin Krueger on challenging the settler colonial narrative that dominates social studies curriculum today.

Working with the Peabody collection is no small task. The process of inventory, cataloguing, rehousing, and preserving t...
02/24/2020
(Q_Q)

Working with the Peabody collection is no small task. The process of inventory, cataloguing, rehousing, and preserving the artifacts is never simple and always has its own surprises that creep up on our staff when they least expect it. Learn about some of these challenges here!

My job is pretty amazing. I get to do what I like to do, in an institution I like with many people whose company I enjoy. What else could anyone really ask for when it comes to their career, right?…

02/17/2020

The chapter meeting and presentation for the Massachusetts Archaeological Society has been CANCELLED for tomorrow night. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to see you at the next meeting in March!

Association on American Indian Affairs
02/17/2020
Association on American Indian Affairs

Association on American Indian Affairs

#Repatriation #NAGPRA #NoMoreStolenAncestors
The discovery of Native remains holds a two-fold significance in the history of the College. In addition to blatantly violating what is now long-standing federal law, the casual disregard for human remains elicited disgust from many members of the Vassar community. When taken into consideration alongside the College’s physical presence on unceded Native land and past studies on eugenics, the remains emphasize the necessary labor that must be taken by Vassar College to correct previously permissible encroachment upon Native spaces. The case is currently being processed by federal officials of NAGPRA and any professors involved will undergo research misconduct review.

Happy Valentine's Day! A surprising find in the Peabody collection led to this sweet read. Enjoy this candy-coated delig...
02/14/2020
A Sweet Find in the Inventory and Rehousing Project

Happy Valentine's Day! A surprising find in the Peabody collection led to this sweet read. Enjoy this candy-coated delight! 🍫🍭🍬

Contributed by Emma Lavoie Nearly $345 million dollars is spent on chocolate for Valentine’s Day each year – that’s about 58 million pounds of chocolate! Holy cacao! Chocolate candy plays such a si…

There is a lot of discourse on the earliest possible human habitation in the Americas. Read on to learn more about the C...
02/13/2020
Early Sites

There is a lot of discourse on the earliest possible human habitation in the Americas. Read on to learn more about the Calico Hill Early Man site and other important (and possibly early) early sites.

Contributed by Ryan Wheeler Richard “Scotty” MacNeish (1918 – 2001) was a preeminent archaeologist of the mid to late twentieth century. Along with roles at the National Museum of Canada, the…

Congratulations to Christopher Newell and the Abbe!
02/12/2020
Abbe Museum

Congratulations to Christopher Newell and the Abbe!

Exciting news!

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent destruction of several ...
02/11/2020
SAA Protests Destruction of Archaeological and Native American Cultural Sites at Border Wall

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent destruction of several places of great cultural and historic importance to Native American tribes in order to facilitate the construction of the border wall.

SAA condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent destruction of several places of great cultural and historic importance to Native American tribes in order to facilitate the construction of the border wall. We demand that all further building activity in the affected areas cease until a com...

The Peabody hosted a table at the Society for Historical Archaeology's (SHA) Public Archaeology event at the Boston Publ...
02/10/2020
The Peabody at the SHAs

The Peabody hosted a table at the Society for Historical Archaeology's (SHA) Public Archaeology event at the Boston Public Library. Read on for all the activities that occurred at the SHA's.

Contributed by Lindsay Randall We have had a very busy couple of days this month as the Society for Historical Archaeology held their annual international conference in Boston – and of course…

Come see us at the Peabody for our Family Fun with Archaeology Day! Free and open to all on Thursday, February 20th from...
02/04/2020

Come see us at the Peabody for our Family Fun with Archaeology Day! Free and open to all on Thursday, February 20th from 9 am to noon. We hope to see you there!

Interesting map of North America with the many varieties of moccasins by tribes and their specific regions.
02/04/2020
NativeTech: Map of North America with Native American Varieties of Moccasins

Interesting map of North America with the many varieties of moccasins by tribes and their specific regions.

Native American Technology & Art: a topically organized educational web site emphasizing the Eastern Woodlands region, organized into categories of Beadwork, Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery, Leather & Clothes, Metalwork, Plants & Trees, Porcupine Quills, Stonework & Tools, Weaving & Cordage, Games....

The Peabody's large groundstones made a BIG move in collection storage. Learn more about the groundstone collection and ...
02/03/2020
Moving the Big Ones

The Peabody's large groundstones made a BIG move in collection storage. Learn more about the groundstone collection and where in the Peabody they are now.

I have always thought of the Peabody’s collections storage as one of those sliding tile puzzles. You have to keep shifting pieces that look like they are in the right place in order to end up with…

Indigenous Futurisms highlights artworks that present the future from a Native perspective, and illustrates the use of c...
01/29/2020
Ryan Singer Art

Indigenous Futurisms highlights artworks that present the future from a Native perspective, and illustrates the use of cosmology and science as part of tribal oral history and ways of life.

“INDIGENOUS FUTURISMS: Transcending Past, Present & Future” opening at MoNCA in Santa Fe, NM in 2 weeks!!

Explore the Peabody's Florida collections contributed by archaeologist, Clarence Bloomfield Moore. Read on to learn more...
01/28/2020
Florida Collections at the Peabody

Explore the Peabody's Florida collections contributed by archaeologist, Clarence Bloomfield Moore. Read on to learn more about Moore's excavations and how these artifacts found their way to the Peabody.

Contributed by Ryan Wheeler There is a New England tradition of visiting southern climes during the coldest months. At the beginning of the twentieth century, archaeological collections made during…

Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology's cover photo
01/22/2020

Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology's cover photo

We have had a tremendous amount of interest in our old storage drawers this year! Read on to see more drawer creations a...
01/20/2020
Friends of the Peabody Repurpose More Drawers

We have had a tremendous amount of interest in our old storage drawers this year! Read on to see more drawer creations and projects.

Contributed by Emma Cook We have had a tremendous interest in our old storage drawers in the last few months. As collections were rehoused in new cartons, we were able to give away over 100 drawers…

It makes me smile,” said Brenda Brainard, who is a member of the Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw In...
01/16/2020
Association on American Indian Affairs

It makes me smile,” said Brenda Brainard, who is a member of the Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. “Having worked in Indian education for 25 years, I never thought this would happen — I never dreamed.”

This month, Oregon’s Department of Education finally rolled out the first pieces of new statewide curriculum on the history and culture of Native Americans in Oregon after lawmakers passed Senate Bill 13 in 2017 with the hope of remedying years of incomplete or inaccurate teachings. “It just warms my heart and makes me happy. It makes me smile,” said Brenda Brainard, who is a member of the Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. “Having worked in Indian education for 25 years, I never thought this would happen — I never dreamed.”

Abenaki is an endangered Eastern Algonquian language and one of the three Wabanaki languages of New England and Quebec. ...
01/15/2020
Middlebury Launches Pilot Abenaki Language School

Abenaki is an endangered Eastern Algonquian language and one of the three Wabanaki languages of New England and Quebec. It is spoken throughout a wide area ranging from Lake Champlain to the west and Maine to the east.

The new program will hold its first two-week session this summer from June 30 to July 14.

The Peabody staff are always hard at work creating and undergoing preventive measures to protect the Peabody collections...
01/14/2020
No Holiday from IPM Work

The Peabody staff are always hard at work creating and undergoing preventive measures to protect the Peabody collections from pests. Read on to learn more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how the Peabody staff implement IPM practices in their museum work.

Contributed by Emma Cook For any museum institution with a vast collection and storage of artifacts, there is no holiday from IPM work! IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management and focuses on prev…

Learn about the making of the Peabody's 2019 holiday card and how Peabody staff gave back this holiday season to celebra...
01/13/2020
Happy Holidays from the Peabody!

Learn about the making of the Peabody's 2019 holiday card and how Peabody staff gave back this holiday season to celebrate their volunteers.

Happy Holidays from the Peabody!

“We’re very pleased to be standing up as equals on an international platform to tell our story,” said Paula Peters, who ...
01/06/2020
Mayflower 400 events could help recover lost Native American treasure

“We’re very pleased to be standing up as equals on an international platform to tell our story,” said Paula Peters, who is a member of the Wampanoag and sits on an advisory committee helping shape the British commemoration.

Members of Wampanoag nation central to year focused on anniversary of colonists’ journey from Plymouth in 1620

Happy holidays from the Peabody!
12/24/2019

Happy holidays from the Peabody!

12/16/2019

Due to upcoming inclement weather for tomorrow, December 17th - the MA Archaeological Society Chapter Meeting is CANCELLED.

Looking back on the situation, Suslak takes offense at the accusation that two people could be at fault for the death of...
12/12/2019
Vodafone, Virality and the Vanishing Voice That Wasn’t

Looking back on the situation, Suslak takes offense at the accusation that two people could be at fault for the death of a language or responsible for bringing it back.

An ad agency tried to save a language after reading a seemingly credible story in a major newspaper. There was just one problem.

Several artifacts have been missing from the Peabody Institute since the 1990s. Read on to learn more about these missin...
12/12/2019
Missing Artifacts

Several artifacts have been missing from the Peabody Institute since the 1990s. Read on to learn more about these missing artifacts and objects that have recently been returned.

Contributed by Ryan Wheeler Since the early 1990s the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology has been searching for objects missing from its collection. Among the missing items are carved and d…

Don't miss this month's meeting of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society!
12/09/2019

Don't miss this month's meeting of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society!

The Abbot Academy Fund (AAF) has provided strong support to the Peabody Institute, funding various projects over the yea...
12/09/2019
Abbot Academy Fund continues to support the Peabody Institute

The Abbot Academy Fund (AAF) has provided strong support to the Peabody Institute, funding various projects over the years. The AAF recently provided support to complete the Peabody's transcription project. Learn more about the AAF and their support of the Peabody here.

The Abbot Academy Fund has been a foundational supporter of the Peabody Institute, especially in recent years. With grants going back to 1990, the AAF has given the Peabody over $250,000!

Please remember the Peabody today on #GivingTuesday! Join us in celebrating this global day of giving by supporting our ...
12/03/2019
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Please remember the Peabody today on #GivingTuesday! Join us in celebrating this global day of giving by supporting our work with students, educators, and researchers. Every gift – of every size – makes a difference!

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New ideas emerge in the Peabody's Inventory and Rehousing Project. Read on for more about the transition and storage of ...
12/02/2019
Boxes in the Attic

New ideas emerge in the Peabody's Inventory and Rehousing Project. Read on for more about the transition and storage of collection boxes.

As some of you blog may know, the biggest project currently being done at the Peabody is the complete inventory of all of our collections. In previous blog entries (these can be read here and here)…

Peabody Director, Ryan Wheeler, recently attended the 5th Annual Repatriation Conference held by the Association on Amer...
11/26/2019
Repatriation Conference 2019

Peabody Director, Ryan Wheeler, recently attended the 5th Annual Repatriation Conference held by the Association on American Indian Affairs in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme this year was "Healing the Divide." Read on to learn more about Ryan's experience.

This was the second year I participated in the Association on American Indian Affairs annual repatriation conference. The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation hosted the conference at their hotel and casin…

11/20/2019
Ljuben Dimkaroski plays the Divje Babe Bone Flute

Students in Dr. Wheeler's Human Origins course introduced us to the possibilities of Neanderthal flute music. This was the soundtrack for a final project podcast that one student team made!

In this video, Ljuben Dimkaroski plays the reconstruction of the Divje Babe Bone Flute at the Ptuj Museum, Slovenia (June 2014) Visit our website: http://www...

Great to be learning from Jaime Arsenault at the AAIA repatriation conference!
11/13/2019

Great to be learning from Jaime Arsenault at the AAIA repatriation conference!

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