Coming Up at the Peabody Museum
NEW: Wednesdays at 3:30 pm and Sundays at 11:30 am
Quick Stops
Let a Harvard student help you focus on one special object in the galleries. Each Quick Stop lasts about 15 minutes and offers replica objects to handle while engaging in lively conversation about a few interesting artifacts. Topics change daily. 
Monday, March 5, 6:00 pm
Wild Diagnosis
Human Health and the Animal Kingdom
Sudden cardiac death in kangaroos. Breast cancer in jaguars. Compulsive disorder in polar bears. All animals, including humans, are subject to a wide range of physical and psychological illnesses. Using pathological specimens from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz will discuss disorders in both living and extinct species.
Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
Modern Humans’ Earliest Artwork and Music
New European Discoveries
The earliest evidence of artwork made by modern humans, Aurignacian art, was created more than 35,000 years ago and has been found in French, German, and Romanian archaeological sites. Randall White will discuss new discoveries.
Saturday, March 24, 1:00-4:00 pm
Amazing Archaeology Fair
at Harvard
Harvard archaeologists and students will bring history alive for families by presenting hands-on activities, sharing their research, and providing demonstrations of ancient and up-to-the-minute technologies. Join in colonial-era excavations using smartphones. Use a Google Cardboard viewer to “travel” via virtual reality with a tour guide to Egypt or Israel. Throw a handmade spear with a spear thrower (weather permitting). Talk to archaeologists about their work and their discoveries. Activities will be spread across both the Peabody and the Harvard Semitic Museums with live music provided by THUD, The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers.
Thursday, March 29, 6:00 pm
Teotihuacan and the Making of a World City
Deborah Nichols will discuss how Teotihuacan became the largest and most influential city in Mexico and Central America and how it maintained this position for 500 years through diplomacy, pilgrimages, military incursions, and commerce.
In Case You Missed It
Most Popular Facebook Post
Join the thousands who follow Peabody on Facebook. In the last month, this post celebrating the appointment of Harvard's first Native American History professor garnered the most responses on Peabody's Facebook Page. To see more Facebook posts from HMNH, choose HMNH to See First in Facebook's News Feed Preferences.
Decoding Maya Hieroglyphs with 3D Technology

The Peabody Museum has conducted archaeological research in the Maya site of Copan, Honduras, since the 1890s. One of Copan’s most iconic elements is a staircase made of over 620 blocks carved with Maya glyphs. Dating back to the eighth century CE, this stairway has captivated Mayanists since its discovery, but the meaning of its texts has remained a mystery—until now. The Peabody's Barbara Fash explained how 3D technology helps decode the Hieroglyphic Stairway.
Peabody Museum Teaches Ancient Hunting Skills
Harvard students learned to make and use the technology that revolutionized human life. The Peabody Museum's Andrew Majewski, demonstrated use of the atlatl, or spear-thrower, a 10,000-year-old tool developed independently across the globe by cultures from the Arctic to New Zealand.
More for Archaeology Lovers
Starting March 6
Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Taught by Harvard Semitic Museum director Peter Der Manuelian, this self-paced introductory course will explore the art, archaeology, and history surrounding the Giza Pyramids. Learn about Egyptian pharaohs and high officials of the Pyramid Age, follow in the footsteps of the great 20th-century expeditions, and discover how cutting-edge digital tools like 3D-modeling are reshaping the discipline of Egyptology.
Monday, March 19, 6:00 pm
Ancient Egypt in Africa
New Excavation at the Island Fortress of Uronarti
Previously thought lost when the construction of the Aswan High Dam flooded the area, a fortress was recently rediscovered. Laurel Bestock will highlight recent archaeological finds at the site and discuss the intercultural encounters and lifestyles in this Egyptian colonial outpost.
Header: Detail of Plains Indian calumet (pipe) stem, ca. 1780-1830. PM 99-12-10/53101.2; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College. Quick Stop photo by Tony Rinaldo. Teotihuacan image via Shutterstock by Francky38. Atlatl photo by Stephanie Mitchell.
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