Pendant from Slovenia  

Compound pendant, Slovenia, Late Iron Age. Mecklenberg Collection. Photo by Mark Craig. PM 40-77-40/12205.

The Peabody’s European collections are not extensive but include materials not generally available in American museums, such as collections from eastern and southern Europe, as well as items of antiquity from northern Europe. Many items were purchased from European excavation collections in the early days of the Museum for use as comparative collections.  

Collections Highlights

  • Anatomical collection from Germany.
  • Artifacts and osteological collections from the excavations at Neolithic Homolka and other Neolithic and Iron Age sites in Bohemia.
  • Casts of hominins.
  • Dana Estes collection of Iron Age artifacts from northern Italy.
  • Duchess of Mecklenburg collection of Iron Age artifacts and osteological material from Slovenia.
  • Gabriel de Mortillet collections from Central Europe.
  • Movius, Hallam L., Jr., Papers, c.1931-1969.
  • Neolithic stone tools from northwestern Europe.
  • Paleolithic collections from France (especially Abri Pataud), Germany, and Ireland.
  • Pottery collections from Cyprus and Iberia.
  • Osteological collections from southeastern European localities including Orah, Panik, Cepelica, and Crkvina Ruzica.
  • Osteological collections from Italy and Iceland (Stefansson).
  • Mistihalj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a salvage archaeological project organized through Stanford University.

For archival collections that are processed, Finding Aids provide information and detailed descriptions about the contents of manuscript and paper collections. The Archives tries to regularly upload Finding Aids online to HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, a union catalog of Finding Aids created by archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard. To search Finding Aids or browse a list of Peabody Museum Archives collections, please visit the Peabody Museum page on HOLLIS for Archival Discovery.

spindle whorls

Decorated spindle whorls, Ireland. Photo by Mark Craig. PM 33-73-40/195.


Access Collections

See the Research Visits for more information on accessing collections.