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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06/17/2020
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture! While we can’t welcome you to our museums in person just yet, we invite you to join us via this special livestream. #HarvardSolstice

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture! While we can’t welcome you to our museums in person just yet, we invite you to join us via this special livestream.

We can't wait to see this performance from Kuumunity Collaborations  at our Virtual #SummerSolstice Celebration this Sat...
06/17/2020

We can't wait to see this performance from Kuumunity Collaborations at our Virtual #SummerSolstice Celebration this Saturday. More details here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram. #HarvardSolstice

We are pleased to announce that during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration this coming Saturday, the Cambridge-based nonprofit Kuumunity Collaborations will sing selections that speak to our present and motivate us all towards a better future. Kuumunity will be represented by:

Eden Girma, Harvard AB '18
Tsion Aberra, Harvard AB '11
Paris Woods, Harvard AB '06, EdM '08
Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Harvard AB '00
Willie Jones, UMass Boston BA '16
Under the direction of Sheldon K. X. Reid, Harvard AB '97, EdM '98

Kuumunity Collaborations seeks to create stronger communities by providing budding musicians with the tools, opportunities, and support they need to further develop their craft. The team at Kuumunity believes that music and art have the power to change hearts, communities, and ultimately the world. We hope you can join us! RSVP here to see the full program and receive the livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram. #HarvardSolstice #SummerSolstice #MuseumFromHome

We are so happy to announce that the curator and historian from English Heritage, the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage S...
06/16/2020

We are so happy to announce that the curator and historian from English Heritage, the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site in England, will present during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration this Saturday:

https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectsVirtualSolstice2020

Go on a virtual field trip during the livestream to explore the famed English prehistoric monument, and learn why the site was important to the prehistoric peoples who built it. The session will be moderated by Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

The Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2020 will begin Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am. RSVP here to receive the full program & livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP. #HarvardSolstice #HMSCconnects #MuseumFromHome #Stonehenge #VirtualFieldTrip

Photo courtesy of English Heritage Trust.

HMSC Connects! presents a dazzling new series of "Extraordinary Things," along with surprising and fun ways to explore t...
06/11/2020

HMSC Connects! presents a dazzling new series of "Extraordinary Things," along with surprising and fun ways to explore them. This week's theme, “World in Color,” features a Chinese brooch made with kingfisher feathers.

Crafted in late-19th-century China with metal, beads, glass, and a blue iridescent inlay of feathers from kingfishers, many different materials were used in this brooch. Examine it more closely to see where those materials are used, and how they contribute to the design as a whole. What do you see? Does the design appear abstract, or does it evoke something familiar?

Read more at the link below to learn more about how birds and their feathers have inspired music, song, dance, stories and even Harry Potter! https://hmsc.harvard.edu/feather-inlay-brooch #HMSCconnects #TBT #MuseumFromHome #MuseumMomentofZen

Feather Inlay Brooch, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Collected by Sarah Pike Conger, Gift of Sarah Conger Buchan Jewell, 1991 PM # 991-12-60/14981. Copyright Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, President and Fellows of Harvard College.

We are excited to announce the launch of "Drawing Upon the Collections: Coloring Pages." Developed directly from photogr...
06/09/2020

We are excited to announce the launch of "Drawing Upon the Collections: Coloring Pages." Developed directly from photographs and illustrations of museum objects and specimens from all four of our museums, these coloring pages provide a window into the breadth and wonder of Harvard’s collections.

If you are missing visiting our museum color in this handpainted lead glaze earthenware plate, on display in our new exhibit Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes https://bit.ly/DrawingIUponTheCollectionsPeabodyPlate

Click through the rest of the pages to explore the detailed images, extend your learning, and add your own artistic perspectives. We’d love to see your artwork! Please share your creations with us in the comments. https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsDrawingUponTheCollections #ColorOurCollections #HMSCconnects #MuseumMomentOfZen #MuseumAtHome

Handpainted lead glaze earthenware plate, Talavera de la Reina, Spain, early 20th century. Gift of Dr. Stephen Williams, 1970. PM 970-20-40/9008 © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

We are pleased to announce a new episode of the HMSC Connects! podcast, hosted by Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit develo...
06/09/2020

We are pleased to announce a new episode of the HMSC Connects! podcast, hosted by Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer. This week Jennifer explores the power of objects with Diana Zlatanovski, Collections Steward at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Diana works with a collection of 1.2 million objects from cultures around the world, specializing in materials collected from contemporary peoples outside North America. Diana has a breadth of interests, a lifelong love for museums, and a deep appreciation for the aesthetic sensibilities of people from both yesterday and today. In the interview they discuss Diana’s formative experience seeing the Pawnee Earth Lodge at the Field Museum, the magic of discovering collections, Egyptology, forgotten sticker collections, the beauty cicada wings, and her forthcoming book: Typology: Collections at the Harvard Museums of Science Culture.

She says, “Museum collections give us a chance to experience a life outside of our own. One of the collections I included in the book is actually a group of stone tools that were collected at Olduvai Gorge, which is a region in Africa that was known to have been inhabited by human ancestors as far back as 2 million years ago. So, when photographing them … I picked up one of the hand axes … .I was absolutely floored by the fact that it fit my hand perfectly …. those grooves were carved to fit somebody else's hand, possibly hundreds of thousands of years ago … .These are the sorts of experiences that these museum collections can offer. And being an anthropology museum, the Peabody's collections also serve to connect us to people today. So to people living around the world, in different environments, surrounded by different things having different experiences than we are. The collections can help us learn what traditions these other cultures have, what their daily life looks like. The better we can relate to and understand others, the more tolerant and accepting we are.”

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

Photo credit: David Weik. #HMSCconnects #podcast

"For her Peabody Museum fellowship, Côte d’Ivoire artist Joana Choumali will use her signature embroidered photography t...
06/05/2020
Photography fellow Joana Choumali explores ‘anthropology of clothing’

"For her Peabody Museum fellowship, Côte d’Ivoire artist Joana Choumali will use her signature embroidered photography to explore social identity, colonial legacies, and global power relations."

Joana Choumali, a Côte d’Ivoire-based artist noted for her work embroidering directly on photographs, has been named the Peabody’s 2020 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography.

“This is where the work that’s been going on for so many years to digitize museum collections and records is really payi...
06/04/2020
Harvard museums tackle database updates, improvements

“This is where the work that’s been going on for so many years to digitize museum collections and records is really paying off,” said Jane Pickering, the Peabody Museum's director.

Since Harvard’s museums went online, staffs have tackled the enormous task of updating, adding, and editing data for millions of items housed in University collections.

Senior curator Diana Loren recommends a small online exhibit—only 12 images—on the history of pandemics from the Wellcom...
06/01/2020
Pepys and the plague

Senior curator Diana Loren recommends a small online exhibit—only 12 images—on the history of pandemics from the Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library in London that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health.
#MuseumCrushMonday #MuseumFromHome
https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/Xn4chRIAAK03rFsj

Through its long history, London has survived some enormous epidemics. During the 1665 Great Plague of London, the city burned, shops closed, the streets emptied and bodies piled up. Read Samuel Pepys’s account of how the city pulled through.

One day before the museum closed to the public, a staffer hustled to get museum collections ready for Anthropology, Harv...
05/27/2020

One day before the museum closed to the public, a staffer hustled to get museum collections ready for Anthropology, Harvard University PhD student Veronica Peterson to document. “We’d been talking a two-week timeline, and scrunched it down to two days,” says Peterson. “I was definitely appreciative.”

And the highlight of all that hustle? Four polished walnuts from the Sarah Pike Conger collection. Peterson spotted them among the fancy dining utensils and other clearly ornamental objects collected by Conger, the wife of an American diplomat stationed in China from 1898-1905.

Conger collected art and ethnographic objects, and was fascinated by “the Ladies of the Court,” as she called them. She was finally able to meet the Empress Dowager Cixi, head of the imperial family, and even received a number of personalized gifts from her.

Peterson says, “The walnuts stood out. I’m trying to find out how they fit into this collection. Knowing Conger’s interest in art and elite life, the presence of four plain walnut shells just seems so outrageous.”

Peterson now has the time to transcribe Conger’s letters and research the walnuts while staying at her parents’ home in New Hampshire. She notes that at the time walnuts were considered to promote wellness and health. Wealthy elite men at the time would roll walnuts around in the palm of their hands. “My best guess: someone she knew used them in this way and gave the polished walnuts to her,” since Conger developed friendships with many elite men and women at the time.

PM 991-12-60/14924A #WellnessWednesday #MuseumFromHome

Archaeology is "a big 3D puzzle through time," says Adam Aja, archaeologist and Assistant Curator of Collections at our ...
05/26/2020

Archaeology is "a big 3D puzzle through time," says Adam Aja, archaeologist and Assistant Curator of Collections at our sister museum in this new podcast. Find out how Adam was first "smitten" with archaeology and what he collected as a nine-year-old.

Our latest HMSC Connects! podcast episode just dropped. Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer, interviews Adam J. Aja, PhD, Assistant Curator of Collections, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Assistant Director, Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Chief Stratigrapher, Tel Shimron Excavations: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

Adam hunts for treasures from the ancient past, managing over 40k objects as part of his work at the museum. He says, "Archaeological collections can remain important years after they've been removed from the soil because technology and science continue to advance. We don't know how new discoveries can be applied to these old collections. In fact that's one of the great strengths of the HMANE collections, because we have these abandoned or previously published archaeological collections that we continually tap into for new studies."

Future episodes will feature Dave Unger from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Diana Zlatanovski of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology talking about collections—the value of them, their Museum’s collection in particular, and their history of collecting.

Photo courtesy of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Photographer: Melissa Aja. #HMSCconnects #MuseumPodcast #Archaeology #AncientNearEast #MuseumFromHome

05/25/2020
Comanche Code of Honor - Comanche Code Talkers

When we asked our curators which OTHER museums they recommend, it seems fitting that Patricia Capone, curator of North American Archaeology, recommended a Nʉmʉrekwa’etʉʉ “Comanche speakers” Code Talkers exhibit at the Comanche National Museum, just in time for Memorial Day. See a virtual tour of the museum and preview an interactive Bison hunt. #MuseumCrushMonday #MuseumFromHome #MemorialDay

https://youtu.be/Kvrm1wMk0qg

During World Wars I and II, the United States military used select Native American service men to relay secret battle messages based on words from their trad...

We are pleased to present a new HMSC Connects! project. "Extraordinary Things" features intriguing objects from all four...
05/24/2020

We are pleased to present a new HMSC Connects! project. "Extraordinary Things" features intriguing objects from all four of our museums that invites you, each week, to explore each object from multiple, and sometimes surprising, perspectives. https://bit.ly/HMSCExtraordinaryThings

Apropos of everyone still mostly at home, this week's theme is "Home Sweet Home.” https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsExtraordinaryThingsKitchen

This is a life-sized replica of an early twentieth-century home kitchen on display in the museum exhibition Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes. http://bit.ly/2rfEXAY

The early 20th century was a time of unceasing innovation in food preparation, but most American kitchens still retained a 19th century design. Designed to streamline food preparation by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients, this innovative Hoosier workstation was a standard of the early 20th century home kitchen. The original Hoosier workstation was made by Hoosier Manufacturing Company of New Castle, IN.

Just as the Hoosier cabinet brought convenience into the American kitchen, the invention of television brought cooking shows into American homes. Starting in the 1930s, cooking shows helped to make formerly inaccessible cuisines more approachable. What began with a few early favorites such as the BBC’s Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, James Beard’s I Love to Eat, Julia Child’s The French Chef and Joyce Chen Cooks, has blossomed into a huge variety of shows that showcase diverse foods and ways of cooking and eating.

What are your favorite cooking shows?

Image from Resetting the Table: Copyright Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, President & Fellows of Harvard College. #HMSCconnects #museumfromhome

We really need a vacation. Since travel is not likely to happen soon why not take a #MuseumVacation to visit Visual anth...
05/22/2020
Homepage - Horniman Museum and Gardens

We really need a vacation. Since travel is not likely to happen soon why not take a #MuseumVacation to visit Visual anthropology curator Lisa Barbash’s #museumcrush destination, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London.

She says, “It is a beautiful place to visit in person and has a great website. It has a topnotch anthropology collection, a natural history collection, live animals, and an extraordinary collection of musical instruments. From their website: they have ‘over 9,500 objects made to produce sound. The oldest is a pair of bone clappers in the form of human hands made in Egypt around 3,500 years ago. Electric guitars and synthesizers are among those recently acquired.’) They have collaborated extensively with 'heritage professionals, community members, researchers, artists and other stakeholders’ most recently ‘in Kenya, Nigeria and the UK to develop thinking about the future of the [anthropology] collections.’” https://www.horniman.ac.uk #MuseumFromHome

An inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free Museum and Gardens in south London. The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future.

Our sister museum is featured in this new podcast from Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
05/22/2020

Our sister museum is featured in this new podcast from Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

Our latest HMSC Connects! podcast episode just dropped. Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer, interviews Adam J. Aja, PhD, Assistant Curator of Collections, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Assistant Director, Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Chief Stratigrapher, Tel Shimron Excavations: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

Adam hunts for treasures from the ancient past, managing over 40k objects as part of his work at the museum. He says, "Archaeological collections can remain important years after they've been removed from the soil because technology and science continue to advance. We don't know how new discoveries can be applied to these old collections. In fact that's one of the great strengths of the HMANE collections, because we have these abandoned or previously published archaeological collections that we continually tap into for new studies."

Future episodes will feature Dave Unger from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Diana Zlatanovski of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology talking about collections—the value of them, their Museum’s collection in particular, and their history of collecting.

Photo courtesy of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Photographer: Melissa Aja. #HMSCconnects #MuseumPodcast #Archaeology #AncientNearEast #MuseumFromHome

Look at all these creative Chichen Itzas!
05/21/2020

Look at all these creative Chichen Itzas!

The results are in for the #ChichenItza submissions to our #BuildYourOwnMonument contest! View the winning entries here: archaeological.org/results-for-week-2-build-your-own-monument-chichen-itza/. Thank you to everyone who participated & to our celebrity judge!
We cannot wait to see the entries for the remaining monument competitions—the Colosseum (deadline TODAY, May 1) & the Pyramids at Giza! Submit your creation: archaeological.org/build-your-own.

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Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 pm New Poets of Native Nations Heid E. Erdrich, Poet, Writer, and Filmmaker Tacey M. Atsitty, Poet Eric L. Gansworth, Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence, Canisius College New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, July 2018) gathers the work of 21 poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The publication features long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing today. Heid Erdrich, editor of the anthology, will discuss the poets’ literary approaches and their relevance to contemporary American poetry. Tacey Atsitty and Eric Gansworth, poets featured in the anthology, will read their work as part of this program. Lecture, Reading & Book Signing. Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University
I have been finding artifacts here in Oregon for twenty years. Hundreds of examples have been posted at facebook.com/stonespeaker
Wish to express gratitude to Meredith Vasta for referring me to some sources that may provide me with some expertise on the Yupi'ik/Yup'iak shaman ceremonial mask gifted to me in Bethel and likely from the Hooper Bay region,circa 1920s. I look forward to learning more and sharing it with the world. Wado, -Justine Baker, CWY Nation & resident of Alaska
24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists - Reflecting Futures Barcelona, 5-8 September https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2018 CALL FOR PAPERS – 2 Sessions (#302 and #598) The deadline for submitting or modifying an abstract is 15 February 2018, 23h59 CET. https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/Programme SESSION: #302 Gendered, diverse, inclusive archaeological museums? Proposals and experiences for a more equal approach to heritage «During the last decades more and more archaeological museums started to include a gender perspective and developed new exhibitions and educational projects. By establishing a critical attitude towards the traditional androcentric discourses and gender roles, museums started to make not only women, but also other marginalized groups in society more visible. Modern archaeological exhibitions seem to be more diverse and inclusive. Therefore, it is time to present and discuss the different experiences carried out in recent years in European archaeological museums with more gendered, diverse and inclusive approaches, in order to develop a framework of reflection in a “museology of gender and diversity”, conceived as a more integrative, social and egalitarian approach to the heritage presented there. Paper and poster proposals may include topics like - theoretical advances in the studies of gender archaeology and its reflection in museums - museums as an educational tool to achieve gender equality - experiences in community museums and temporary exhibitions - public studies as a diagnostic tool to advance in education of equality - aspects of communication, journalism and merchandising - experiences of museum educational service and informative departments With the organization of this session, we intend to highlight the idea that archaeological museums can transmit an inclusive history that helps to make visible the traditionally marginalized groups of society, in order to contribute to a more egalitarian education and to provide a more equal approach to heritage. Keywords: Museums, archaeology, gender, diversity, Heritage» Main organiser: Prof. Lourdes PRADOS TORREIRA (Spain) Co-organisers: Prof. Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann (Germany) Dr. Ana Cristina Martins (Portugal) SESSION: #598 Archaeology and interdisciplinarity & interdisciplinarity in archaeology: stories of a long and diversified journey (19th-21st centuries) «Rooted in scientific areas as diverse as architecture and geology, archaeology was affirmed in the 19th century through collaboration with other disciplines such as philology and anthropology. On the other hand, archaeology played a fundamental role in the establishment of the fields of conservation and restoration. Meanwhile, it was contemplated in heritage policy and legislation, contributed to the production of knowledge divulged in different supports and ways, as well as to the development of the tourism. Bringing together interests, purposes and procedures defined by different actors, individual and collective, public and private, local, regional, national and transnational, archaeology has been evolving theoretically and methodologically due to new ways of looking at the past. New ways that have been and are being generated by (and together to) other human and social sciences, as well as enhanced and / or urged by exact and natural sciences. This session invites papers and posters dealing with topics such as: - archaeology and other sciences; - interdisciplinarity, reanalysis and reuses of the past; - archaeology, heritage preservation and museums; - teaching archaeology; - archaeology, journalism, mass communication, digital platforms and new social nets; - archaeology, cultural tourism and sustainable development. Following the previous seminar organized within the research project ‘InterArq-Archaeology and Interdisciplinarity’ (Barcelona, 2017) this session aims to obtain a broader (geographical, chronological and thematic) picture. Keywords: Archaeology, Interdisciplinarity; Reanalysis; Reuses.» Main organiser: Dr. Ana Cristina MARTINS (Portugal) Co-organisers: Prof. Isabel Ordieres Díez (Spain)
[REGISTRATIONS EXTENDED / OPEN AND CLOSED PANELS] Dear Colleagues, we're here to #remind you: You only have TWO days to register your panel! The registration for Open Panels and Closed panels at the 18th IUAES World Congress - Florianópolis, Brazil ARE EXTENDED. According to our new schedule http://www.iuaes2018.org/conteudo/view?ID_CONTEUDO=436) the proposers will be able to submit their proposals through the registration system (http://www.iuaes2018.org/inscricoes/capa) until the 15th of November, 2017. There are 38 thematic axes and you can check them here: http://www.iuaes2018.org/site/capa. #IUAESCongress #IUAESBrazil #IUAES www.iuaes2018.org