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58-38 ‡63-33

Altar de Sacrificios: Records of the Peabody Museum Expedition: A Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

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 .

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

58-38 63-33
These records may be viewed as an extension of accession files 58-38 and 63-33.

Processed by:

V. Swerdlow; 6/10/1987 edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; August 2009

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Scope and Content Note:

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.

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