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Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology

Robert S. Peabody, Class of 1857, founded our institution in 1901 with three goals in mind: to introduce the students of Phillips Academy to the world of archaeology, to promote archaeological research, and to provide a place for students to gather.

Today’s Peabody Institute employs collaborative learning to actively engage students, teachers, scientists, and Native Americans with the institute’s significant archaeology and anthropology collections, while also encouraging and enlivening cultural discourse on race and gender.

Exhibitions are not our focus, however, we are happy to talk with you about what we do or provide a tour of our collections. For more information visit our blog at or contact us at 978.749.4490 or

Interested in Archaeology?

Join the Massachusetts Archaeological Society! The Northeast Chapter holds evening monthly lectures during the academic year at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology.

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The Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology contains more than


artifacts, photographs, and documents.


The Peabody recently discovered a sacred scroll in its collection belonging to White Earth Nation in Minnesota. Listen to Director Ryan Wheeler tell the story and discuss repatriation with tribe members on Every Quarter

Dig Deeper Into The Peabody

Peabody Programs

Andover faculty collaborate with the Peabody to develop unique class experiences.

Meet the Peabody

Learn more about our staff and educators at the Peabody.

Linda S. Cordell Memorial Research Award

This award supports research at the Peabody using the collections of the institute.

Browse the Collection

See our collection of more than 600,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents.

NAGPRA & Repatriation

The Peabody has a long history of repatriation work with indigenous peoples.

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Help grow our educational programs and conservation efforts to keep Andover at the vanguard.