For Students

Engage all your senses...

Anthropological collections are primary sources; they are the material culture of those who made, used, and accumulated them. No photograph can duplicate the experience of the "real thing."  Using collections in addition to traditional written texts in your research and learning will challenge you to engage your subject matter in a new way and to consider concepts and issues in a new, and personally meaningful, way.

Gain from the unique experience of viewing and handling anthropological collections at your own pace, up close, and without the physical barrier of a glass case. Peabody Museum artifacts, archives, and staff resources are open to you for use in your class assignments, your independent research, or your search for inspiration in your studies.

New Resource: Guide to Looking

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Students examine an African hat in English 127: Travel and Transformation on the High Seas: An Imaginary Journey in the Early 17th Century. Photo by Diana Loren.