Underexposed: Digitizing the Richard "Scotty" MacNeish Photographic Archive

Material Description

The Richard S. "Scotty" MacNeish Archive comprises 60 years of research and publication by one of the most notable American archaeologists of the twentieth century. MacNeish's contributions were acknowledged with membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Anthropological Associations A.V. Kidder Medal, and numerous other distinctions. Digitization efforts will focus on image collections from archaeological field work conducted while MacNeish was a research associate and then Director of the Robert S. Peabody Foundation for Archaeology and as Director of the Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research (AFAR). Images from his most important fieldwork will be digitized, representing archaeological sites such as Coxcatlan Cave in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico and the Ayacucho region of Peru. Photographs document archaeological site level work by MacNeish and his collaborators, including images of excavations, stratification, artifacts, and crew members working in the field, as well as scenery. A brief finding aid will be created for the image collection.

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Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology


Ms. Bonnie Sousa
Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology

Dr. Ryan


Collaborating Institution(s)

Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research

Date Range

1960 - 2001

Geographic Scope

North America, Central America, South America, China: Tehuacan Valley of Mexico; Ayachuco, Peru; Orogrande area of New Mexico, Belize, and Jiangxi Province, China.


  • 10000 Photographs