Student Opportunities

Research Projects:  

Millions of objects equal thousands of topics for research papers in a variety of disciplines. Collections can be used for short-term projects, such as course papers, or for longer-term in depth studies, such as senior theses. Museum staff are available to help students devise and implement their research projects.

Independent Study:

Anthropology 92xr is a course designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain familiarity with Museum collections, procedures, and practices. You may also consult the policy of your specific school on course credit for independent study or research. Collections can also be used for senior theses and graduate dissertations. Museum staff are available to help students devise and implement their research projects.

Wintersession 2018:

Making and Using an Atlatl Spear-thrower
January 18–19, 1:00–4:00 pm

To register, contact Peabody Reservations: pmae-ed@hmsc.harvard.edu or call 617-495-3216 by Monday, January 9, 2018.
Be prepared to leave a name, phone and email contact. Advance payment by credit card required.

Let your inner mammoth-hunter emerge! Learn to make and use the technology that revolutionized human life. The atlatl, or spear-thrower, is a 10,000-year-old tool developed independently across the globe by cultures from the Arctic to New Zealand. In this two0session workshop, you will fletch and haft a 6' atlatl dart, affix finger loops and a stone tuning-weight to your own propulsor, and learn to throw your weapon with confidence. A visit to see spear-throwers on display in the Peabody Museum galleries and a special behind-the-scenes tour into the museum’s collections are part of this Neolithic winter experience. $30 materials fee includes atlatl (thrower) & dart materials. Workshop takes place in the Education Room of the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.

Workshop leader Andy Majewski is the education specialist for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology &Ethnology and a member of the World Atlatl Association.