Publications

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Publications

The Peabody Museum has long published a variety of print and electronic publications relating to collections, projects, and excavations conducted by Peabody Museum staff and Department of Anthropology faculty.

Current publications can be found under Books with links to purchase, while pre-1970s publications include links to texts when available. Journals includes links to  RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, available through the University of Chicago Press, as well as several electronic journals and newsletters. 

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Books

The Breakout: The Origins of Civilization

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Martha Lamberg-Karlovsky. 10/18/2020. The Breakout: The Origins of Civilization, Pp. 152. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
The Breakout: The Origins of Civilization

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For much of the twentieth century, Mesopotamia was thought to he the singular "Cradle of Civilization;" and the agents of change that brought it about were thought to be demographic, ecological, and technological. Bronze Age Mesopotamian accomplishments were believed to have diffused outward, influencing the development of civilization in the rest of the world. Part of this Mesopocentric view was revised as archaeological evidence revealed that other unique civilizations had existed in both the Old and New Worlds, but the traditional Near Eastern pattern of development continued to serve as a model.

In the mid-1980s, however, Harvard’s Kwang-chih Chang proposed in Symbols--a publication of Harvard’s Peabody Museum and Department of Anthropology--that China’s first civilization did not evolve according to the conventional Mesopotamian model and argued instead for a new paradigm for understanding the origins of civilization in ancient China and the New World.

In this collection of subsequent Symbols articles and other essays, Maya and Near Eastern studies specialists engage in a stimulating debate of Chang’s thesis, also presented here.

Last updated on 01/13/2022

The Cerro Colorado Site and Pithouse Architecture in the Southwestern United States prior to A.D. 900

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Jr. William R. Bullard. 1962. The Cerro Colorado Site and Pithouse Architecture in the Southwestern United States prior to A.D. 900, Pp. 261. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. READ ONLINE
The Cerro Colorado Site and Pithouse Architecture in the Southwestern United States prior to A.D. 900

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Peabody Museum Papers Volume 44, no. 2
Last updated on 01/03/2022

The Changing Physical Environment of the Hopi Indians of Arizona

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John T. Hack. 1942. The Changing Physical Environment of the Hopi Indians of Arizona, Pp. 128. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. READ ONLINE
The Changing Physical Environment of the Hopi Indians of Arizona

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Peabody Museum Papers Volume 35, no. 1

(Report no. 1, Peabody Museum Awatovi Expedition)

Last updated on 01/03/2022

The Chultunes of Labná, Yucatan: Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888–89 and 1890–91

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Edward H. Thompson. 1897. The Chultunes of Labná, Yucatan: Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888–89 and 1890–91, Pp. 50. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. READ ONLINE
The Chultunes of Labná, Yucatan: Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888–89 and 1890–91

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Peabody Museum Memoirs Volume 1, no. 3
Last updated on 01/03/2022

Series

Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 1: Piedras Negras

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David Stuart and Ian Graham. 3/3/2004. Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 1: Piedras Negras, Pp. 64. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 1: Piedras Negras

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For more than 45 years, the Peabody Museum has been publishing The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. The goal of this unique series of folio volumes is to document in photographs and detailed line drawings all known Maya inscriptions and their associated figurative art to advance the study of the ancient Maya. When complete, the Corpus will have published the inscriptions from over 200 sites and 2,000 monuments. The series has been instrumental in the remarkable success of the ongoing process of deciphering Maya writing, making available hundreds of texts to epigraphers working around the world, and to source communities in in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

The first of five anticipated volumes on the renowned monuments of Piedras Negras, Guatemala, this volume describes the site and the history of exploration at this important center of Classic Maya civilization. It includes photographs and detailed line drawings of twelve of the inscribed sculpted monuments at Piedras Negras, as well as a map of the ruins.

Last updated on 05/24/2022

Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 2: Tonina

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Ian Graham. 11/15/2006. Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 2: Tonina, Pp. 64. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Volume 9: Part 2: Tonina

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For more than 45 years, the Peabody Museum has been publishing The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. The goal of this unique series of folio volumes is to document in photographs and detailed line drawings all known Maya inscriptions and their associated figurative art to advance the study of the ancient Maya. When complete, the Corpus will have published the inscriptions from over 200 sites and 2,000 monuments. The series has been instrumental in the remarkable success of the ongoing process of deciphering Maya writing, making available hundreds of texts to epigraphers working around the world, and to source communities in in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Each volume in the series consists of three or more fascicles, which examine an individual site or group of neighboring sites and include maps of site location and plans indicating the placement monuments within each site. Each inscription is reproduced in its entirety in both photographs and line drawings with descriptive texts.

 

Last updated on 05/24/2022
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Coclé: An Archaeological Study of Central Panama, Part I: Historical Background, Excavations at the Sitio Conte, Artifacts and Ornaments

Coclé: An Archaeological Study of Central Panama, Part I: Historical Background, Excavations at the Sitio Conte, Artifacts and Ornaments

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Peabody Museum Memoirs Volume 7
Last updated on 01/03/2022

Coclé: An Archaeological Study of Central Panama, Part II: Pottery of the Sitio Conte and Other Archaeological Sites

Coclé: An Archaeological Study of Central Panama, Part II: Pottery of the Sitio Conte and Other Archaeological Sites

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Peabody Museum Memoirs Volume 8
Last updated on 01/03/2022

Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, II

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Gordon R. Willey, III Gair Tourtellot, Jeremy A. Sabloff, Robert Sharick, Norman Hammond, and Richard M. Rose. 6/1/1978. Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, II, Pp. 262. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, II

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1. Artifacts. 2. A Reconnaissance of Cancun. 3. A Brief Reconnaissance of Itzan

Seibal is a major ruin of the southern Maya lowlands, its vast ceremonial center covering several high hills on the banks of the Pasion River in the Guatemalan Department of Peten. In five volumes published over a 15-year period, the archaeological team headed by Gordon R. Willey presents a comprehensive review of their fieldwork from 1964 to 1968 and the results of many years of subsequent data analysis. The volumes also report on explorations in the peripheral settlements outside of the Seibal center and provide a regional view of the evolution of lowland Maya culture from the Middle and Late Preclassic through the Late Classic periods.

Last updated on 01/10/2022

Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, III

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Gordon R. Willey, A. Ledyard Smith, Jeremy A. Sabloff, Ronald L. Bishop, Garman Harbottle, Robert L. Rands, and Edward V. Sayre. 3/1/1983. Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, III, Pp. 260. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Excavations at Seibal, Department of Peten, Guatemala, III

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1. Major Architecture and Caches. 2. Analyses of Fine Paste Ceramics

Seibal is a major ruin of the southern Maya lowlands, its vast ceremonial center covering several high hills on the banks of the Pasion River in the Guatemalan Department of Peten. In five volumes published over a 15-year period, the archaeological team headed by Gordon R. Willey presents a comprehensive review of their fieldwork from 1964 to 1968 and the results of many years of subsequent data analysis. The volumes also report on explorations in the peripheral settlements outside of the Seibal center and provide a regional view of the evolution of lowland Maya culture from the Middle and Late Preclassic through the Late Classic periods.

Last updated on 01/10/2022

The Neville Site: 8,000 Years at Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire

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Dena Ferran Dincauze. 9/15/2005. The Neville Site: 8,000 Years at Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire, Pp. 160. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
The Neville Site: 8,000 Years at Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire

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The 1968 excavation of the Neville Site in Manchester, New Hampshire, was a major event in the archaeological history of New England. Analysis of the site extended the known duration of continuous occupation in the region by some 3,000 years and demonstrated early connections between the New England area and the Southeast. The Neville Site was first occupied nearly 8,000 years ago, when the Eastern coastal plain from North Carolina to New Hampshire was essentially a single cultural province. Current excavations in Manchester have reinvigorated interest in the archaeology of New Hampshire and created a demand for this facsimile edition of the original 1976 publication.

Last updated on 01/13/2022
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