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.
Abstract:Peabody Museum Papers Volume 50, no. 1
Foreword by Chief Joseph Brings Plenty, Cheyenne River Sioux
Houghton Library Studies 4
Winner, Bookbuilders of Boston/New England Book Show (General Trade, Illustrated)
First Place, NEMA Awards (Books >$500k)
"Transformative." —Candace Greene
The composite nineteenth-century document known as "The Pictorial Autobiography of Half Moon, an Uncpapa Sioux Chief" has at its core seventy-seven drawings made by Lakota warriors of the northern Plains. Found in a funerary tipi on the Little Bighorn battlefield after Custer's defeat in 1876, the drawings are from a captured ledger book that was later acquired by Chicago journalist James "Phocion" Howard. Howard added an illustrated introduction and leather binding and presented the document as the autobiographical work of a "chief" named Half Moon.
Anthropologist Castle McLaughlin probes the complex life history and cultural significance of the ledger and demonstrates that the dramatic drawings, mostly of war exploits, were created by at least six different warrior-artists. Examining how allied Lakota and Cheyenne warriors understood their graphic records of warfare as objects as well as images, McLaughlin introduces the concept of "war books"—documents that were captured and modified by Native warriors in order to appropriate the power of Euroamerican literacy. Together, the vivid first-person depictions in the ledger—now in the collection of Harvard's Houghton Library—make up a rare Native American record of historic events that likely occurred between 1866 and 1868 during Red Cloud's War along the Bozeman Trail.
A complete color facsimile of the Houghton ledger is reproduced in this ground-breaking volume.
Castle McLaughlin is Peabody Museum Curator of North American Ethnology.
"McLaughlin’s latest publication brings readers into the world of the real Crazy Horse. … As McLaughlin explains, these [ledger] drawings are as rich and informative as any Euro‐American literary text"
—Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, The Conversation
"...completely engrossing."—David Wilk, WritersCast: The Voice of Writing
Please request signed copies when ordering by email.
Co-published with Houghton Library.
Photographs by Hillel S. Burger
In 1905, to the consternation of her family and in defiance of convention, the 48-year-old Duchess Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg took up the practice of archaeology. In the nine years leading up to the First World War, she successfully excavated twenty-one sites in her home province of Carniola (modern Slovenia), acquiring the patronage of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I and German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Mentored by the most important archaeologists of her time—Oscar Montelius and Josef Dechellette—the Duchess became an accomplished fieldworker and an important figure in the archaeology of Central Europe. Gloria Greis incorporates previously unpublished correspondence and other archival documents in this colorful account of the Duchess of Mecklenburg and her work.
The Mecklenburg Collection, the largest systematically excavated collection of European antiquities outside of Europe, resides in Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The sites excavated by the Duchess, which encompass the scope of Iron Age cultures in Slovenia, form an important resource for studying the cultural history of the region. A Noble Pursuit presents a selection of beautifully photographed artifacts that provide an overview of the scope and importance of the collection as a whole and attest to the enduring quality of the Duchess’s pioneering work.
Gloria Polizzotti Greis is Executive Director of the Needham (Massachusetts) Historical Society.
Abstract:Peabody Museum Memoirs Volume 5, no. 3
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Abstract:Peabody Museum Memoirs Volume 2, no. 1
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Abstract:Peabody Museum Papers Volume 32, no. 3
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Peabody Museum Papers Volume 42, no. 2
(Report no. 6, Ramah Project)
Abstract:Peabody Museum Papers Volume 48, no. 2
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.
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