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Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 47-52
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Title: Chichen Itza Expedition Records
Quantity: 1 linear feet
Abstract: In 1888, under the aegis of the PM's Central America Expedition funded by museum trustee Charles P. Bowditch, Edward H. Thompson began the first of a series of archaeological expeditions to Chichen Itza, in Yucatan State, Mexico. Later, he was joined by archaeologists Alfred M. Tozzer, Sylvanus G. Morley, and T. A. Willard. The expeditions continued under the aegis of SGM and the Carnegie Institute of Washington into the 1940s.
- Carnegie Institute of Washington (CIW) Records #58-34
- Chichen Itza correspondence from E.H. Thompson can be found in FW Putnam Director Records
The Chichen Itza records consist of field correspondence, notes, reports, accounts, and Adela Breton's watercolors of artifacts. One of the richest sites in Mayan archaeological history, the Sacred Cenote, was excavated by the archaeologists of the Chichen Itza Expeditions. Analysis of the artifacts excavated there carried on into the 1960s, and the artifacts at the PM still provide important data to researchers.