Peabody Programs

Phillips Academy is the only secondary school in the nation that can count an archaeology institute among its resources.

The foundation for our students' education lies in the classroom, but our philosophy is that experiential learning is the most effective and enjoyable way to build knowledge. Lectures and books cannot substitute for exploring ruins firsthand, being immersed in vibrant and diverse cultures, or personally excavating artifacts that have been untouched for centuries.

Art, biology, history, mathematics, classic and world language departments all collaborate with the Peabody to develop unique class experiences integrating the 600,000 artifacts within the collection. 

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Read about the educational opportunities related to our curriculum. 

Public Engagement

The Peabody embraces the PA motto of Non sibi and recognizes that our role in the community goes beyond the classroom and campus. Participation in variety of educational events and partnerships throughout the year helps us bring archaeology and anthropology to the broader community.

Work Duty

Work duty at the Peabody is a major point of interaction with the institution. Approximately 25 students each term fulfill their PA work duty requirement by working alongside the Peabody collections department. Students often contributed to inventorying artifacts for rehousing, preparin objects for use in classes, and assisting with archival management. Collectively, students provide an average of 475 hours of work over a typical school year. For more information about the work duty program at the Peabody, please contact Marla Taylor.

Learning in The World

Each summer students can choose to explore the ancient and modern Puebloan culture of the American Southwest on the Pecos Pathways Program, trek through jungle-shrouded Machu Picchu ruins with the HUACA, or explore prehistoric caves in France with the Piette. Each Learning in the World program offers students countless opportunities for personal growth; the experience is life-changing.

The HUACA Project takes students to the Andes Mountains in Peru where they hike more than 30 miles to the ruins of Machu Picchu.