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

Land-Use in the Ramah Area of New Mexico: An Anthropological Approach to Areal Study

Citation:

John L. Landgraf. 1954. Land-Use in the Ramah Area of New Mexico: An Anthropological Approach to Areal Study, Pp. 115. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. READ ONLINE
Land-Use in the Ramah Area of New Mexico: An Anthropological Approach to Areal Study

Abstract:

Peabody Museum Papers Volume 42, no. 1

(Report no. 5, Ramah Project)

Last updated on 01/03/2022

Magdalena de Cao

Citation:

Jeffrey Quilter. 12/1/2020. Magdalena de Cao, Pp. 472. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Magdalena de Cao

Abstract:

During the early Colonial Period in the Americas, as an ancient way of life ended and the modern world began, indigenous peoples and European invaders confronted, resisted, and compromised with one another. Yet archaeological investigations of this complex era are rare. Magdalena de Cao is an exception: the first in-depth and heavily illustrated examination of what life was like at one culturally mixed town and church complex during the early Colonial Period in Peru.

The field research reported in this volume took place at the site of Magdalena de Cao Viejo, a town on the edge of the Pacific Ocean whose 150-year lifespan ran from the Late Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment. For a decade, an interdisciplinary team of researchers conducted archaeological and historical research in Peru, Spain, and the United States. Their analysis of documentary sources and recovered artifacts—including metals, textiles, beads, and fragmentary paper documents—opens new doors to understanding daily life in Magdalena de Cao during a turbulent time. Touching on themes of colonialism, cultural hybridity, resistance, and assimilation, Magdalena de Cao provides a comprehensive overview of the project itself and a rich body of data that will be of interest to researchers for years to come.

Last updated on 01/13/2022

Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film

Citation:

Robert Gardner. 3/30/2008. Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film, Pp. 160. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. BUY THIS BOOK
Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film

Abstract:

Honorable Mention, 2008 NEMA Awards (Books Over $10)

Robert Gardner’s classic Dead Birds is one of the most highly acclaimed and controversial documentary films ever made. This detailed and candid account of the process of making Dead Birds, from the birth of the idea through filming in New Guinea to editing and releasing the finished film, is more than the chronicle of a single work. It is also a thoughtful examination of what it meant to record the moving and violent rituals of warrior-farmers in the New Guinea highlands and to present to the world a graphic story of their behavior as a window onto our own. Letters, journals, telegrams, newspaper clippings, and over 50 images are assembled to recreate a vivid chronology of events. Making Dead Birds not only addresses the art and practice of filmmaking, but also explores issues of representation and the discovery of meaning in human lives.

Gardner led a remarkable cast of participants on the 1961 expedition. All brought back extraordinary bodies of work. Probably most influential of all was Dead Birds, which marked a sea change in nonfiction filmmaking. This book takes the reader inside the creative process of making that landmark film and offers a revealing look into the heart and mind of one of the great filmmakers of our time.

Last updated on 01/10/2022

Series

Explorations in the Department of Peten, Guatemala, Tikal: Report of Explorations for the Museum, by Teobert Maler and A Preliminary Study of the Prehistoric Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala: A Report of the Peabody Museum Expedition, 1909–1910

Prehistoric Ruins of Copan, Honduras: A Preliminary Report of the Explorations by the Museum, 1891–1895

Prehistoric Ruins of Copan, Honduras: A Preliminary Report of the Explorations by the Museum, 1891–1895

Abstract:

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

Archaeological Investigations in Central Utah: Joint Expedition of the University of Utah and the Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Archaeological Investigations in Central Utah: Joint Expedition of the University of Utah and the Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Abstract:

Peabody Museum Papers Volume 17,  no. 2
Last updated on 01/10/2022

Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, 1940–1947

Citation:

Philip Phillips, James A. Ford, and James B. Griffin. 1951. Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, 1940–1947, Pp. 325. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum Press. READ ONLINE
Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, 1940–1947

Abstract:

Peabody Museum Papers Volume 25, no. 1
Last updated on 01/17/2022