Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology

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The Robert S.Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Phillips Academy, 175 Main Street, was founded in 1901 through a bequest by Robert Singleton Peabody, an 1857 graduate of Phillips Academy who had a passionate interest in Genenealogy. In 2002 the museum had a particularly fine collection of 500,000 Native American artifacts as well as other materials such as European Paleolithic stone tools. The first meetings of both the Society for American Archeology and the Massaschusetts Archeological Society were held at the Peabody. The museum was forced to scale cut its staff and to remain open only by appointment in 2001 Phillips had to cut financing to the museum. The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, passed by Congress in 1990, has also required the repatriation of bones, funerary objects and sacred artifacts. affecting the Peabody's collection.


Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology.

  • Museum's Future in Qeuestion. World Renowned Museum to Close? Committee Assessing Museum. The Peabody Collection. Andover Townsman (photos) January 31, 2002, p. 1, 10.
  • PA's Peabody Museum Scales Back; to be Open by Appointment Only. Andover Townsman May 2, 2002. p.6.
  • Brighter Future Seen for Msueum. Andover TownsmanOctober 9, 2003, p.1, 2.
  • The 9,300 Year Old American. Archeologist Debate Past, Future of Historic Remains.(photo of skull) Andover Townsman October 13, 2005, p.1, 5.

--Leslie 10:10, September 14, 2012 (EDT)

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