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The Peabody Museum cares for a large and historic collection of anthropological materials from across the globe, including more than 1.2 million individual cultural items, 500,000 photographic images, and associated archival records.

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In Memoriam: Wayne A. Newell

January 19, 2022

The Peabody acknowledges the passing of Passamaquoddy scholar Wayne A. Newell. Recruited to attend Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 1970 as part of the newly established American Indian program, he dedicated his life to the preservation of the tribal language as an educator, storyteller, author and singer of Passamaquoddy music.

Mr. Newell recently took part in a panel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the...

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New Collaboration on Maya Monuments and Sites

December 6, 2021

The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions at the Peabody Museum is delighted to announce a new collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks Publications and the museum that will continue to bring the wealth of data and documentation on Maya monuments and sites to the public through detailed folios. The upcoming fascicle on the ancient Maya site of Yaxchilan, Mexico will mark the start of this new co-publishing collaboration.

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Message from the Peabody Museum Director

January 28, 2021

Dear Members of the Peabody Community,

Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is intricately linked to 19th-century legacies of settler colonialism and imperialism both in the United States and around the globe. In its development as a premier research and teaching institution, the Peabody directly benefited from collecting practices that we recognize today ignore the wishes and values of families... Read more about Message from the Peabody Museum Director

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