Archaeological Collections

Mimbres Pottery

Mimbres pottery, New Mexico, circa A.D. 800–1150. PM 24-15-10/94584, 25-11-10/94789.

Overview

Archaeological holdings make up the bulk of the Museum’s collections, with items numbering in the millions. The greatest strengths of the archaeological collections are the Americas and Asia.

North America »

Archaeological collections include artifacts from Paleoindian through historical periods of eastern, southeastern, and southwestern regions. Highlights from these collections include  

Central America »

Archaeological materials feature collections from over thirty Maya- and Aztec-period sites. Highlights include

South America »

Collections include artifacts from many regions and periods and include the Moche, Nazca, Huari, and Chimu cultures. Highlights include  

Europe »

Materials from Neolithic through Iron Age are well represented in Peabody holdings. They include

  • Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection of Iron Age artifacts and osteological material from Slovenia.
  • Paleolithic collections from France (especially Abri Pataud), Germany, and Ireland.

Asia »

Asian archaeological materials derive from Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic sites in the Middle East and Southern and Central Asia. They include

  • Excavation artifacts from Tepe Yahya, Iran; Turkey, Hetty Goldman; Vietnam, Janse; Chanho-dato; and other Indian sites.
  • Survey collections from Walter Fairservis and Aurel Stein.

Other collection highlights include lithic material from Tasmania and Australia in Oceania and Egyptian and Nubian collections excavated by George Reisner in Africa

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