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

Some of these links will take you to OASIS (the Online Archival Search Information System), a union catalog of Finding Aids created by archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard. To learn more about OASIS and to view Peabody Museum Finding Aids online, follow the OASIS link, then use the keywords below to narrow your search.

  • 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, Montenegro-salvage archaeological project organized through Stanford University.
spindle whorls

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


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