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Peabody Museum expeditions to Panama , 1929-1933; 1940, negatives: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 2005.3
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Title: Peabody Museum expeditions to Panama,, negatives
Date(s): 1929-1940
Quantity: 1233 images
Abstract: This negative collection documents the Peabody Museum excavation activity and ethnographic studies in Panama from 1929-1933 and in 1940. The negatives capture excavation activities, scenery, and ethnographic studies of the Guaimi Indians. The images may be viewed at http://pmem.unix.fas.harvard.edu:8080/peabody/

Processing supervised by:

India Spartz Senior Archivist; 2011

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Historical Sketch

Peabody Museum researcher, Henry Roberts led the 1931 season of the Museum's expedition at Sitio Conte in Panama. Three anthropology graduate students, L. Lorne Wedlock,Douglas S. Byers, and Frederick Johnson completed the staff. The work of the 1931 season demonstrated that the site had been occupied at least twice in pre-Columbian times, with the earlier period demonstrating the richest artistic endeavors. In 1932 Frederick Johnson, Hemenway Fellow, explored the mountain area of northeastern Chiriqui where he lived with a group of Guaimi Indians, studying their sociology and material culture. The third season of excavations in Panama was led by Samuel K. Lothrop. During this season a large number of gold objects and carved bone and stone were recovered. Large quantities of highly decorated pottery were also excavated. Lothrop published his work on Panama in the comprehensive work, Coclé: An Archeological Study of Central Panama (Part I, 1937 & Part II, 1941)

Scope and Content Note:

This negative collection documents the Peabody Museum expeditions to Panama and in particular, the excavation work at Cocle and the ethnographic study of the Guaimi Indians. The images capture the excavation work, artifacts, scenery and ethnographic studies.
The digitized negatives also include images from Cocle taken by Samuel Lothrop. Lothrop went to Panama in 1940 to assist in starting the excavations of the University Museum of Pennsylvania at Sitio Conte. There are also images by John M. Longyear, III who researched the Chiriqui culture.
The negatives have been digitized through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Images can be viewed at the Peabody Museum's Collections Online website at: http://pmem.unix.fas.harvard.edu:8080/peabody/Search by Peabody number begins with 2005.3 and geography contains Panama.

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