April at the Peabody Museum
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Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 pm
Why Cancer Is Everywhere
Humans are not alone in their struggle with cancer. Athena Aktipis will discuss how an evolutionary approach to understanding and treating cancer can transform it from being a disease that threatens our lives to one we can live with, as our multicellular ancestors have for millions of years.
Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 pm
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Discovers Himself
Excavations of the Great Aztec Temple
The 1978 discovery of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City riveted the international archaeological world. Eduardo Matos Moctezuma led the team that ultimately excavated the Great Temple and its treasures. He will discuss the professional and personal transformations that he and his team experienced as they unearthed and interpreted the heart of the Aztec world.
Tuesday, April 17–Friday, April 20, 9:30 am–12:00 pm
Palace Walls
Four-Day Class
(Advance registration required)
Kids explore art using old and new technologies to learn more about life in ancient kingdoms. 
Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 pm
Unseen Connections
A Natural History of Cell Phones
Using an anthropological lens, Smithsonian curator Joshua Bell will discuss the international network that underpins the production, repair, and disposal of cell phones, and the emerging social implications. 
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Ancient Engineering
Advance registration required
Families can explore ancient engineering while constructing simple models of a sod house, a wetu , a plank house, and a tipi, and they will have the opportunity to compare Native American homes in the museum exhibit dioramas. 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 pm
From Site to Site
Anthropology, Photography, and the Power of Imagery
In 1986, the Peabody Museum mounted  From Site to Sight, a groundbreaking traveling exhibition on the historic and contemporary uses of photography in anthropology. Using visual materials from the museum’s photographic archives
and research by Harvard anthropologists, the recently reissued exhibition catalog investigates how anthropologists have employed the camera as a recording and analytic tool, as well as the broader implications of the uses—and misuses—of visual imagery within the human sciences. Melissa Banta, coauthor of the publication, will discuss the history and diversity of the Peabody’s photographic archive and developments in the history of photography since the publication of  From Site to Sight .
More for Archaeology Lovers
Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm
Analyzing Egyptian Pyramids in the Digital Age
Yukinori Kawae will provide historical insights on the development of pyramid construction methods and discuss how a Japanese consortium is using 3D documentation to update survey data using drones and satellites.
Sunday April 15–Friday, April 20, and Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Vacation Week Activities
Free ,  fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes--or 30--to see what is new every day. Activities take place on the first floor of the neighboring Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. 
In Case You Missed It
In Yard digs, there’s an app for that
"A web link will allow viewers to probe archaeological finds from Harvard’s earliest days." Harvard Gazette article on the Harvard Yard archaeology app.
The 3D Past Reproduced - The Archaeological Conservancy

See how a Peabody Museum lab is using 3-D technology to reconstruct and interpret this ancient Maya monument--the Hieroglyphic Stairway in Copan, Honduras.

Learn more about 3-D Maya monuments in the exhibition,“All the World Is Here.”
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. Wampanoag diorama, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology; Matos image by George Ypes; Studio portrait of an Aymará Indian of La Paz, Bolivia by Ricardo Villaalba, c. 1870. Hand-colored carte de visite. PM 2004.29.10557. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. ©President and Fellows of Harvard College
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