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Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 58-38 ‡63-33
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Title: Altar de Sacrificios: Records of the Peabody Museum Expedition
Date(s): 1959-1963 (bulk)
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract: The records contain original field records pertaining to the Peabody Museum Expedition (directed by Professor Gordon R. Willey) to Altar de Sacrificios, a lowland Maya site located on the Rio Pasion in the southwestern portion of the Department of Peten, Guatemala .
- #58-38: receipts, financial records, 1958; correspondence; paper by Frank Saul re: osteobiology; negatives; memos .
- #63-33 notes re: type collections, cataloguing, and collections sent out for analysis.
- Willey, Gordon R. and Al. L. Smith. The Ruins of Altar de Sacrificios, Department of Peten, Guatemala: An Introduction. Peabody Museum Paper vol. 62. no.1. 1969.
- Smith, A. Ledyard. Excavations at Altar de Sacrificios: Architecture, Settlement, Burials, and Caches. Peabody Museum Paper vol. 62. no. 2. 1972.
- Adams, R.E.W. The Ceramics of Peabody Museum . Paper vol. 62. no. 2 .Peabody Museum Paper. vol. 63. no.1. 1971.
- Saul, F.P. The Human Skeletal Remains of Peabody Museum . Paper vol. 62. no. 2 : An Osteobiographic Analysis. Peabody Museum Paper. vol. 63. no. 2. 1972.
- Willey, Gordon R. The Artifacts of Altar de Sacrificios. Peabody Museum Paper. vol. 64. no. 1. 1972.
- Graham, J. A. The Hieroglyphic Inscriptions and Monumental Art of Altar de Sacrificios. Peabody Museum Paper. vol. 64. no. 2.
- Willey, Gordon R. The Altar de Sacrificios Excavations: General Summary and Conclusions. Peabody Museum Paper. vol. 64. no. 3. 1973.
The Peabody Museum Expedition to Altar de Sacrificios, a lowland Maya site on the Rio Pasion, in the southwestern portion of the Department of Peten, Guatemala, was directed by Bowditch Professor Gordon R. Willey from 1959 to 1963. The Expedition was undertaken "to fill in a part of this southern Peten geographic gap in our knowledge of lowland Maya archaeology." (Willey1973:5). Research areas included: epigraphy, ceramic analyses, settlement patterns, influences of Teotihuacan and the Toltec, and chronology. Principal investigators included: Dr. Willey, A. Ledyard Smith, Richard E.W. Adams, John A. Graham, Frank B. Saul, W.R. Bullard, Jr., and John Ladd. The results of the expedition were published (see references below). Type collections, primarily of ceramics, from the site may be found in the Museum's artifact collections (accessions 58-38; 63-33).The papers contain original field records, including field notebooks, catalogue number ledgers, negatives and subsequent analyses of ceramics.