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Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family to Open September 29, 2018 at Harvard’s Peabody Museum

Nai and friends with Peabody truck

(Cambridge, MA) In June 1951, Raytheon founder Laurence Marshall and his family left Cambridge, Massachusetts to spend over a decade documenting hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari during a series of expeditions sponsored by Harvard’s Peabody Museum. The family’s photos of the Ju/’hoansi and /Gwi peoples—once known pejoratively as the “Bushmen” —heralded a transformation in the ways these Indigenous people had been represented through history.

Ian Graham, British Mayanist and Peabody Colleague dies at 93

Ian Graham in the field

Ian James Alastair Graham (1923–2017), long-time Peabody scholar and resident of Cambridge, died peacefully on August 1st, 2017, in Suffolk England at the age of 93. Ian lived a marvelous, adventurous, and productive life and has been recognized as a maverick genius, the “last explorer,” and a fierce advocate as well as a guiding force in the protection and preservation of sites and monuments across the Maya region. In 1968, he initiated the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions project, which became a permanent program under the auspices of the Peabody Museum.

Peabody Museum to Mark 150th Year: Free Admission Day, New Exhibition, Lecture Series, and More

The anniversary begins with free museum admission and birthday cake and continues with a year-long public lecture series on race, a major new exhibition in April about the museum’s significant role in the invention of American anthropology, and even more events through fall 2017.

See all September-October events below and further details.