Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum has one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.
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City of Boston Archaeology Program
11/02/2019

City of Boston Archaeology Program

Archaeologists found this German porcelain marble while excavating a test unit on open land between the Parkman bandstand and the Soldier’s and Sailor’s monument on Boston Common. It is hand-painted, and dates to the mid- to late 19th century. #NEHgrant #boston #archaeology Artifact provenience: BCL.0049

We had a joyous time at our family Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos)! #PMAEDOD
11/02/2019

We had a joyous time at our family Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos)! #PMAEDOD

11/01/2019

#PeabodyDoD Day of the Dead is happening now. Come by tomorrow afternoon for the family event with live music, pan de muerto, and hands-on crafts for all ages.

On #NationalAuthorsDay we honor the enduring legacy of author, photographer, and filmmaker Robert Gardner (1925–2014), w...
11/01/2019

On #NationalAuthorsDay we honor the enduring legacy of author, photographer, and filmmaker Robert Gardner (1925–2014), whose Peabody Museum Press books include Making "Dead Birds", Human Documents, Just Representations, and Still Points (edited by Adele Pressman).

With the support of The Robert Gardner Photography Fellowship, the Press continues to co-publish important works by outstanding contemporary photographers, including photographers/authors Miki Kratsman with Ariella Azoulay (The Resolution of the Suspect), Stephen Dupont with Bob Connolly (Piksa Niugini), Dayanita Singh with Aveek Sen (House of Love), Chloe Dewe Mathews with Morad Montazami, Sean O'Hagan, and Arnold van Bruggen (Caspian: The Elements), and more.

We are deeply grateful to Robert Gardner and to all of our authors and artists for their inspiring work; may it live on forever in books!

“Still Points” and other books by the Peabody Museum Press are available at the front desk of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology; they may also be ordered directly via [email protected].

Photo of Bob, South Bristol, Maine, 2007 copyright Sharon Lockhart, courtesy the artist.

If you've ever sampled the delicious food at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C...
10/31/2019
Food for thought | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

If you've ever sampled the delicious food at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. you'll appreciate this...

News & Events News Events All News Stories Events Food for thought Public lecture highlights the science behind Native American cooking By Selena Zhang, A.B. '20, SEAS Correspondent | Press contact October 30, 2019 FacebookTwitterEmailLinkedIn Chef Freddie Bitsoie stirs fresh ingredients into his ho...

How do contemporary hunter-gatherers help us understand the emergence of humans’ unmatched cultural abilities? In the No...
10/30/2019

How do contemporary hunter-gatherers help us understand the emergence of humans’ unmatched cultural abilities?

In the Nov. 6 Marshall Family Lecture, Andrea Migliano of Universitat Zurich will discuss how the hunter-gatherers’ foraging led to a unique social structure that underlies humanity’s never-ending cultural revolution.
http://bit.ly/2JyW1rE

John Marshall filming ≠Toma, 1955, featured in the past Kalahari Perspectives exhibit about the Marshall family's documentary work with hunter-gatherers. Photograph probably by Daniel Blitz. Gift of Laurence K. Marshall and Lorna J. Marshall. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, PM #2001.29.656 © President and Fellows of Harvard College

10/28/2019
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Join us tomorrow at 6 PM as Philip Jones discusses the complicated legacy of a Harvard expedition to Australia in the 1930s aimed at understanding its Indigenous communities.

Following our event tonight with Henry Louise Gates and Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, watch Malcolm Johnson on @NB...
10/23/2019

Following our event tonight with Henry Louise Gates and Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, watch Malcolm Johnson on @NBC10Boston at 11 for his interview with these two movers and shakers. #CreatingNMAAHC See the livestream here

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10/23/2019
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch engages in a conversation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to discuss the significance and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"Indigenous people in the Arctic have endured by encoding the values we consider important to our survival in our commun...
10/22/2019
Native American poet to read at Concord library

"Indigenous people in the Arctic have endured by encoding the values we consider important to our survival in our communication, through our culture.” --Joan Naviyuk Kane, (Inupiaq)

http://bit.ly/32HpmI8

Want more Concord news? Sign up for our free weekly newsletter and have it delivered right to your inbox.Joan Naviyuk Kane, an Inupiaq Native American

10/22/2019
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Join us tomorrow at 6 pm as Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch engages in a conversation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to discuss the significance and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"There were four faculty in 2018, including myself, who arrived to Harvard with Native American and indigenous studies i...
10/21/2019
Joseph Gone discusses his new role as faculty director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)

"There were four faculty in 2018, including myself, who arrived to Harvard with Native American and indigenous studies interests." Joseph Gone--Harvard Univ. Native American Program

http://bit.ly/2MzaaqN

Hailing from Montana, Joe Gone is an interdisciplinary social scientist with both theoretical and applied interests and member of the Aaniiih-Gros Ventre tribe. He has spent the last 25 years working with indigenous communities to rethink community-based mental health services, and to harness tradit...

“Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Use the museum’s iPad as a “magic ...
10/18/2019
Augmented Reality Maya Chocolate Plate | Peabody Museum

“Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Use the museum’s iPad as a “magic window” to discover fine details that cannot be seen on the actual artifact. A gallery facilitator will guide visitors through the experience on a drop-in basis from 12-3pm on Sunday, October 20th. Regular museum admission rates apply. http://bit.ly/2m8pDTX

See the related VR experience at the Harvard Semitic Museum across the street for International #Archaeology Day. #IAD2019

Special Activity for International Archaeology Day

Curator Diana Loren on the Peabody Museum’s FeeJee Mermaid—now on view in “All the World Is Here”—another odd spectacle:...
10/18/2019
A Dead, Decomposing Whale Once Toured the United Kingdom

Curator Diana Loren on the Peabody Museum’s FeeJee Mermaid—now on view in “All the World Is Here”—another odd spectacle: “It speaks to early museums and early collecting practices, which are a mix of scientific natural history and the spectacle,” said Diana DiPaolo Loren, a curator at the museum, in a university video. “And this clearly is the spectacle.”

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tay-whale-dissection-scotland

The Tay Whale brought together science, spectacle, and hucksterism in the quest to turn a buck.

10/16/2019
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Join us tonight at 6 pm for our livestream lecture! Three Boston-based artists will engage in a conversation with author Emily Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the human presence in objects or artwork.

We are excited to host Best Dressed Signs and other artisans at tonight's program!
10/16/2019
Best Dressed Signs

We are excited to host Best Dressed Signs and other artisans at tonight's program!

On October 16th, we're participating in a panel talk at the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology about #AlmostLostArts, a new book that features some of our work. It's free and open to the public. We'd love to see you there! If you can't make it in person, it will be live-streamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture page.

We are open our regular hours today for Cambridge's Indigenous People's Day, celebrated as the federal holiday Columbus ...
10/14/2019

We are open our regular hours today for Cambridge's Indigenous People's Day, celebrated as the federal holiday Columbus Day. We hope to see you in the galleries! Regular hours: 9am-5pm / free parking at metered spots.

This weekend we are celebrating Indigenous People's Day with a special Native American Poets Playlist in the first floor...
10/12/2019

This weekend we are celebrating Indigenous People's Day with a special Native American Poets Playlist in the first floor galleries. Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of poems by eight Native American poets, drawn from the book New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press).

Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery will be available Saturday, October 12, 2019, through Sunday, October 14, 2019. The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Jointly sponsored with the Harvard University Native American Program and the Woodberry Poetry Room. http://bit.ly/2nR36Mk

10/10/2019

We had a wonderful time at the Molinillos and Chocolate in Contemporary Mexico event!

Molinillos are a whisk-like wooden tool used in Mexico to froth in chocolate beverages. Juan Alonso Rodriguez, Master Woodworker, from Santa Maria Rayon, Mexico, demonstrated the craft of using a lathe to make a molinillo. He is the head of a fifth-generation atelier for master woodworking and owner of Arte Alonso. As Jose Lopez Ganem from the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute says, "There is a saying in Mexico: 'without molinillo there is no chocolate, without chocolate there is no molinillo."

The demonstration was followed by a talk from Ana Rita García-Lascuráin, Founder and Director, Mucho Mundo Chocolate, Mexico City. #molinillo #harvardpeabody

10/09/2019

Congratulations to Chloe Dewe Mathews, Aperture, designer Duncan Whyte, and Peabody Museum Press for First Prize in Books in the American Alliance of Museums' annual publications design competition. Have a look!

City of Boston Archaeology Program
09/30/2019

City of Boston Archaeology Program

Mourning pins and other mourning jewelry were popular in the Victorian era. They symbolized the loss of a love one and often incorporated black stones and the deceased hair. This mourning pin was found by archaeologists during a survey of Boston Common in 1986 near the Brewer Fountain. It contains a small glass viewing plate through which you can still see hair in a decorative design. The back includes mounts for a pin. Our Boston Common digital archaeology project is sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. #NEHgrant #Boston #Archaeology Provenience BCL.0677

09/24/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 25th for the livestreaming of "Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth." Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not?

We're excited to host the authors of this buzzed-about book on Wednesday! Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth lectur...
09/23/2019
What animals can teach us about teenagers' risky behavior

We're excited to host the authors of this buzzed-about book on Wednesday! Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth lecture/book signing/gallery activity event, with a livestream if you can't make it. bit.ly/2ke1NFX

Teenagers' sometimes inexplicable choices can be understood as a rational developmental phase when seen through the lens of animal behavior.

Adolescence: Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers apply the results of their five-year study of animal adolesce...
09/17/2019

Adolescence: Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers apply the results of their five-year study of animal adolescence to humans. See the authors of Wildhood, a NY Times Editor's Pick and People Best Books Fall 2019 on Sept. 25 at the museum or watch the livestream on Facebook at 6 PM http://bit.ly/HMSCLivestream

Cuentos Animados para TodosSábado, 14 de septiembre del 2019 | 2:00-4:00 pm Lugar: Visite el sitio web a partir del 6 de...
09/03/2019

Cuentos Animados para Todos

Sábado, 14 de septiembre del 2019 | 2:00-4:00 pm Lugar: Visite el sitio web a partir del 6 de septiembre.

Vea una vibrante colección de cortometrajes animados narrados en algunas de las 68 lenguas indígenas de México. Creados por la diseñadora mexicana Gabriela Badillo y seleccionados de su proyecto 68 Voces, 68 Corazones, estos cortometrajes fomentan el orgullo, el respeto y el uso de las lenguas indígenas mexicanas entre hablantes y no hablantes. Las historias aptas para toda la familia están subtituladas en inglés y se basan en leyendas y poemas de las comunidades nativas. El evento incluye una animada sesión de preguntas y respuestas con Badillo en inglés y español, un bocadillo mexicano autentico y la oportunidad de aprender frases en lacandón, una de las lenguas indígenas de México.

Abierto al público. Adultos: $15/no-miembros, $10 miembros | Menores (3-18): Gratis. Incluye entrada al museo. Estacionamiento gratis. Se requiere inscripción anticipada antes del viernes 13 de septiembre.

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Such an amazing discovery right in Idaho - a verified pre-Clovis archaeological site.
09/02/2019
National Geographic

Such an amazing discovery right in Idaho - a verified pre-Clovis archaeological site.

Artifacts discovered at the Cooper's Landing site date to 15,000-16,000 years ago—thousands of years before people are traditionally thought to have arrived in the Americas.

How can we ensure that culturally and linguistically sustainable practices are embedded in our teaching, parenting, and ...
08/30/2019

How can we ensure that culturally and linguistically sustainable practices are embedded in our teaching, parenting, and social activities?

We are looking forward to working with Gabriela Badillo, Creative Director, 68 Voices, 68 Hearts, Mexico City Hola Combo​, Maung Nyeu, Founder and Executive Director, Our Golden Hour​, and Maria Luisa Parra-Velasco, Senior Preceptor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University and founder of the Multilingual Family Resource Center, to present "Maintaining Heritage Languages in Our Communities."

Join us on Sep 12, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm for this special event is designed to commemorate the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Attendees will participate in a discussion about revitalizing languages and creating strong multilingual identities and will watch short animations, view children's books, and discuss ways to support multicultural communities using these tools.

Educators enter free-of-charge with a K–12 Massachusetts teacher ID; register ahead: http://bit.ly/2MJ4XxW. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage: http://bit.ly/2XYYS5C. (Artwork by Cecilia Ruiz)

Read this great review of Ilisa Barbahs's book, Where the Roads All End, on the International Documentary Association si...
08/27/2019
International Documentary Association

Read this great review of Ilisa Barbahs's book, Where the Roads All End, on the International Documentary Association site. A sample:

"John Marshall’s saga of the Ju/’hoansi will continue to be taught in colleges and universities, but now, as a result of Barbash’s efforts, we can more fully understand what the films discovered and revealed and what they ignored and suppressed. Where the Roads All End is a service not merely to the Marshall films or to ethnographic filmmaking, but to the study of documentary cinema and photography in general."

Full text: http://bit.ly/2Zurepq

Ilisa Barbash’s 'Where the Roads All End' is traces the legendary 1951 photographs that captured meetings of the Marshall family and families of !Kung tribespeople living in the Kalahari Desert. Scott MacDonald reviews the book and discusses why it's so important for documentaries today, in #DocumentaryMag

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a dynamic partnership of our museum plus three sister museums: The Harvard M...
08/22/2019

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a dynamic partnership of our museum plus three sister museums: The Harvard Museum of Natural History (home of the Glass Flowers), The Harvard Semitic Museum (home to the full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres), and The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (Gregorian reflecting telescopes, & more).

We are looking forward to hosting our Annual Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Member Appreciation Night this evening. Members will take part in family-friendly activities, and interact with the collections in new and fun ways.

One Membership opens the doors to behind-the-scenes tours, discounts on classes, and opportunities to interact personally with celebrated scientists, archaeologists, artists, and experts from Harvard and around the world. Additionally, membership supports the museums’ ability to bring dynamic exhibitions and engaging public programs to a broad and diverse audience. Join today! http://bit.ly/2TVWFU9

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