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Chichen Itza Expedition Records: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 47-52
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Title: Chichen Itza Expedition Records
Date(s): 1888-1947
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

# 47-52
The records of the early expeditions were donated to the Museum in 1947 by Bowditch, Thompson, and Tozzer and were sorted and arranged by Tozzer, initially for a book to be written by Tania Proskouriakoff. They were transferred to the PM Archives in 1987.

Processed by:

Sarah Demb, Archivist; 1997 ; edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; July 2009

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Scope and Content Note:

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.

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