Inside the Peabody Museum July 2016

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Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Cataloguing an Ancient New England Site

Summer Science Week: Native American Technologies


Summer Solstice 2016Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Over 3000 people kicked off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration Monday night. Divinity Avenue was filled with with circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages, while the Harvard Semitic MuseumHarvard Museum of Natural History, and the Peabody all offered free evening admission. If you missed it, don't worry, there will be another summer solstice next year!

Neville Site collections assitants

Cataloguing an Ancient New England Site

Follow along on Facebook to see updates as we catalogue our collection from the Neville Site archaeological excavation. The Neville Site is situated along the eastern bank of the Merrimack River, in the northern part of Manchester, New Hampshire. Archaeological evidence suggests that the site has been occupied since the Middle Archaic period (6000–4000 BCE), in large part because of its desirable location for spring fishing. It is just one of the collections that collections assistants Janice and Anna are hard at work on as part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to catalogue and document our collections. When complete, the Museum will have documented and digitized approximately 20,000 object records to be made accessible to researchers and the public via the museum's searchable database. In addition to Neville, Janice and Anna will be working on other collections from New England and New York; select objects from Copan, Honduras; and targeted Old World lithic assemblages.

Native American Technology

Summer Science Week: Native American Technologies

Harvard Museum of Natural History partners with the Peabody Museum to offer one of its popular Summer Science Weeks July 25–29 from 9:30 AM to noon. Students entering grades 4–6 can become an experimental anthropologist and use a spear thrower, drill a hole with a bow-drill, and try other technologies of Indigenous people of North America. Registration is required. $160 members/$180 nonmembers.

See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.