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Archivos Estatales (Sevilla, Spain)
Guidance to organization and research of Spanish and Latin American documents.
Visit: http://www.mcu.es/archivos/

British Museum
online digitized database includes a substantial number of Andean objects. The advanced search engine is quite complex. Recommend basic search option. The results can be sorted by images only. Once an image is selected the viewing page has a very useful feature of linking to "all objects" with terms on that page. Each image has a link to a larger image and some of detailed images. Another nice feature is the availability to order "free" images for print publications. There is also a link to send them corrections: "Noticed a mistake?" The conservation notes can be quite explicit. And, they do ask for donations to help pay for conservation labor and materials.
Visit: basic search

Centro Cultural de San Marcos
busca identificar la actividad artística de la Universidad con la investigación y la creación cultural más exigente. También la más compleja y diversa: al asumir un lugar protagónico en la recuperación del Centro Histórico de Lima, el CCSM ofrece no sólo el principal proceso de restauraciones en toda la ciudad, sino también un complejo y audaz proyecto cultural.
Visit: http://www.ccsm-unmsm.edu.pe/inicio/sobreccsm.htm

Centre de recherches archéologiques du pays de Rennes
es una institución de investigación y difusión arqueológica, en consecuencia estos son las dos prinicipales lineas de acción que este colectivo interdisciplinario se plantea desarrollar, teniendo como objeto de estudio los temas relacionados con la arqueología latinoamericana en general, y del altiplano del Titikaka en particular.
Visit: http://cerapar.free.fr/go.php

Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas de Arequipa, Perú
A non-profit association to develop archaeological investigations and to educate the public to preserve their cultural patrimony in Arequipa, Peru. (last updated in 2002)
Visit: http://www.angelfire.com/pe/CIARQ/index.html

Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive
Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the donation of a major new scholarly archive of Pre-Columbian art, the Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive. The Moche Archive was created by Professor Christopher B. Donnan over the course of nearly five decades, assembling materials that document the art and iconography of the Moche, an ancient South American people who inhabited river valleys in the arid coastal plain of northern Peru (ca. 100–ca. 850 CE).
Contact: icfa@doaks.org .
Visit: announcement

Cleveland Museum of Art, USA
Their mission is to fulfill the dual roles as one of the world's most distinguished comprehensive art museums and as one of the northeastern Ohio's principal civic and cultural institutions. The following links directly to the 'Arts of the Americas' collection.
Visit: http://www.clevelandart.org/

Denver Art Museum, USA
The New World Department of the Denver Art Museum offers a unified presentation of the arts of Latin America. The collection encompasses two major areas: indigenous Pre-Columbian traditions predating the arrival of Europeans, and artwork of the Spanish Colonial era. Over 5,000 objects from these collections are displayed in The Jan and Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art. Included are pre-Columbian masterworks of ceramic, stone, gold, and jade, as well as paintings, sculpture, furniture, and silver from the Spanish Colonial Period. These two collections are remarkable for both aesthetic quality and cultural significance. Internationally, the Denver Art Museum is unparalleled in its comprehensive representation of the major stylistic movements from all the geographic areas and cultures of Latin America.
Visit: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/home

Deutsche Archäologische Institut, Germany
The staff at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut is carrying out research in archaeology and in related fields both in Germany but most especially in foreign countries. The Institute organizes academic congresses, colloquia and tours, and informs the public about its work. Most of this site is in German.
Visit: http://www.dainst.org/index_1_en.html

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Precolombian collection available for research through various fellowship opportunities.
Visit: http://www.doaks.org/research

Google Art Project
Several museums of interest to Andeanist have joined this project to create virtual museum collections. The 'person' icon allows a virtual walk through any museum, such as the Getty. Most members provide access to fine arts collections.
Visit: Google Art Project members
Visit: MALI, Museo De Arte De Lima
Visit: Museo Del Oro, Bogotá, Colombia
Part of a larger endeavor by Google and its 'Cultural Institute'
Visit: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/

Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
available online. This search tool is in beta and we welcome your feedback on its performance. Collections Online provides access to approximately 600,000 database records and over 300,000 associated digital photographs. Researchers can also contact the Peabody Museum's curatorial department to request a password to allow greater access to the database.
Visit: http://pmem.unix.fas.harvard.edu:8080/peabody/

Harvard University Expedition and Discoveries
Harvard University Library provides online access to documents and photographs of various Harvard University projects, including: The Hassler Expedition to South America, 1871-1972; The Peabody Museum South America Expedition of 1906-1908 (a.k.a. The Farabee Expedition); The Harvard College Observatory Expedition, Bodyden Station, Arequipa, Peru, 1889-1927; etc.
Visit: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/expeditions/

Huacas del Sol y de la Luna
Overseen by the Pyramids of the Moche Valley Board this institution is a nonprofit, apolitical, private civil association, which manages domestic and foreign private funds to promote and implement activities to defend, protect and conserve the archaeological heritage of the Moche Valley, located in the province of Trujillo (Peru). It is also an entity that formulates and implements projects that promote the development of tourism in the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and in the Moche countryside within the policy guidelines for tourism development in the region. These projects involve the community surrounding the Huaca de la Luna, to involve it in the development of tourism and generate profits that contribute to improving their quality of life.
Visit: http://www.huacasdemoche.pe/index.php
For more information: Boletíns

Ibero-American Institute, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Germany
is a non-university research center for interdisciplinary scientific and cultural exchange that houses Europe’s largest library specialized in Ibero-American culture focused on Latin America, Spain and Portugal..
Visit: http://www.iai.spk-berlin.de/indexee.htm

Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley, California
non-profit organization founded by Dr.John H. Rowe in 1960; holds annual meetings on UC-Berkeley campus in early January for two day presentation of scholarly papers; publishes journal, Ñawpa Pacha.
Visit: http://www.instituteofandeanstudies.org/

Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos
un centro que acoge investigadores franceses, europeos en general y andinos. Sus acciones de cooperación abarcan cuatro países: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador y Perú (Sede principal). Institución pluridisciplinaria, su vocación es la de contribuir al desarrollo y a la difusión de los conocimientos científicos sobre las sociedades y los medios andinos.
Visit: http://www.ifeanet.org

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.
Visit: LASA Home

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavillion, USA
Acknowledged strengths of Krannert permanent collection of 8,000 objects include The Olsen Collection of pre-Columbian Art (at this Web site, click on the collections link and scroll down to 'America Pre-Columbia').
Visit: http://www.kam.uiuc.edu/

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Permanent collections of art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas available for online searching.
Visit: Search Collections

Ministerio de Cultura, Perú
es el organismo rector en materia de cultura y ejerce competencia, exclusiva y excluyente, respecto de otros niveles de gestión en todo el territorio nacional. Fue creado mediante Ley Nº 29565, suscrita por el Presidente de la República, Dr. Alan García Pérez del 21 de julio de 2010.
Visit: http://www.mcultura.gob.pe/

MundoSur - Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas, Cusco, Perú.
Includes many services and instructional departments such as Escuela Andina de Postgrado. Cusco, Peru.
Visit: http://www.cbc.org.pe/

Musee de l'Homme, Paris, France
Les origines du musée de l'Homme comme l'histoire de ses collections sont nourries de racines complexes et diverses ; les inventorier conduit des tours et détours de l'histoire des sciences naturelles et des sciences humaines, de la philosophie, de l'histoire, de l'esthétique ou des musées, ou encore de la colonisation et de la décolonisation.
Visit: http://www.museedelhomme.fr

Museo Arqueológico de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia
cuenta actualmente con aproximadamente 40.000 piezas arqueológicas, etnográficas y paleontológicas, clasificadas e inventariadas en su mayoría procedentes del Departamento de Cochabamba y otras regiones de Bolivia.
Visit: http://www.museo.umss.edu.bo/

Museo Arqueológico de Saipina - Manuel María Caballero; Samaipata - Florida; Vallegrande; Regional de Santa Cruz.
A Bolivian Tourism site that lists several small museums that do not have websites, yet.
Visit: Santa Cruz museos

Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa, Chile
From the Departamento de Arqueología y Museología, Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile.
Visit: http://www.uta.cl/masma/

Museo Casa del Alabado, Quito, Ecuador
opened in April 2010 and houses around 5500 prehispanic artefacts. The entire collection is online and will be extremely useful for researchers and colleagues who are interested in the archaeology of Ecuador.
Visit: http://alabado.org/

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Chile
Desde su estratégica ubicación, en el centro de la urbe de Santiago, el Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino pretende ser una ventana hacia el mundo precolombino e indígena americano, poniendo especial énfasis en la infinidad de manifestaciones artísticas y plásticas que en él se pueden encontrar.
Visit: http://www.precolombino.cl/

Museo Contisuyo
Bringing over 12,000 years of Southern Peru's prehistory to light. (last updated 2004)
Visit: http://www.museocontisuyo.com/default_on.asp

Museo de Arqueología y Antropología de San Marcos, UNMSM, Peru
viene preparando este año la publicación de varios números de la revista Arqueología y Sociedad fundada hace cuarenta años; así como la publicación de la edición digital de los primeros veinte números de esta revista. De la misma forma tenemos un Blog y una página Facebook ‘Amigos del Museo de Arqueología de San Marcos’. También haremos la publicación pronta de las charlas magistrales de La Cátedra Tello y la organización de una nueva para octubre; la publicación por lo menos de dos números de la serie Cuaderno de Investigaciones del Archivo Tello. Así como la creación de nuevos Talleres y la novísima Serie de Manuales del Museo de Arqueología de San Marcos que la iniciaremos con un manual sobre intervenciones profesionales en el campo, o de excavaciones para los neófitos. Asimismo, nos encontramos actualmente abocados a la preparación de la Exposición Permanente del Museo sobre los Orígenes del Perú Antiguo con los últimos datos, así como de diversas temporales.
Visit: museo

Museo de Pachacamac, Perú
El Museo de Sitio fue creado el 17 de Julio de 1962, mediante R. S. N. 192, teniendo como objetivo, guardar y exhibir los objetos arqueológicos de esa zona. Se inaugurá oficialmente el 21 de Noviembre de 1965, teniendo como Director al Dr. Arturo Jimenez Borja.
Visit: http://www.mcultura.gob.pe/museo-de-sitio-pachacamac

Museo de Sitio de Ancón
Beginning in 2009 the Museo began renovation and has constructed two new exhibition halls and educational programs for the local community. With their new website they have also provided a virtual catalog of their collections, with an exceptional osteological display and the beginning of a new project to digitize Julio Tello's field notes.
Visit: http://www.museodeancon.com/
Further background on Ancón and the museum is presented in this excellent article by Mariana Mould de Pease.
Visit: Ancón y el desarrollo con identidad

Museo de Sitio Puruchuco: Arturo Jiménez Borja, Perú
En la futura, habria una sala principal o permanente del museo a exhibir y resaltar las characteréticas de Puruchuco: así como brindar al visitante la posibilidad de familiarizarse con su proceso cultural en el marco de una adecuada contextualización histórica.
Visit: http://museopuruchuco.perucultural.org.pe/

Museo del Oro del Banco de la República de Colombia
La orfebrería prehispánica de Colombia
Visit: http://www.banrepcultural.org/museo-del-oro

Museo Didattico "Antonini", Italy
The museum houses the archaeological patrimony from the research by the scholars of the "Progetto Nasca", in the ceremonial centre of Cahuachi and other main sites of the Rio Nasca Valley, since 1982.
Visit: http://digilander.iol.it/MDAntonini/English.htm

Museo Larco
The Rafael Larco Herrera Museum is by express desire of his founder (Rafael Larco Hoyle) a non-profit, private institution.
Visit: http://www.museolarco.org/

Museo Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Perú.
Inaugurated in June 2000, the Museo Leymebamba displays the more than 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered in 1997 from the Laguna de los Cóndores by a salvage Project directed by Centro Mallqui.
Visit: http://museoleymebamba.org/

Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Bolivia
El Museo Nacional de Arqueología de Bolivia , es parte integrante del Instituto Nacional de Aqueología, organismo especializado del Viceministerio de Cultura.
Visit: http://www.bolivian.com/arqueologia/

Museo Nacional Sicán, Perú
comunicar la misión, objetivos y actividades que realiza el museo, asi como brindar información sobre su contenido y servicios. An expertly and beautifully designed website with virtual reality at its best.
Visit: http://sican.perucultural.org.pe/index.htm

Museo Regional Arqueologico de Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Construído en 1993, el Museo Regional de la Cultura de Tiwanaku, localizado en la provincia Ingavi de La Paz, reaparece hoy adecuadamente remodelado, para albergar alrededor de 3.500 piezas arqueológicas recuperadas a traves de excavaciones emprendidas desde 1990 por especialistas de la Dirección Nacional de Arqueología y Antropología.
Visit: http://www.bolivianet.com/tiwanacu/index.htm

Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Perú
Este museo debería constituirse la historia del Antiguo Perú, necesaria para sustentar la identidad de los peruanos de hoy, promover nuestra herencia cultural y convertirse en un centro de interés cultural y turístico que impulse el desarrollo de la región en un Museo-Mausoleo y santuario de nuestra cultura. (El Director)
Visit: http://www.museosipan.com/

Museum of Anthropology, Phoebe A. Hearst, UC-Berkeley, California, USA
The museum's mission is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the global record of material culture, so as to promote the understanding of the history and diversity of human cultures. Be sure to check their new research policy before you go.
Visit: http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/

Nasca Drawings Collection hosted by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI)
created by Dr. Christiane Clados. Includes over 400 roll out drawings.
Visit: http://www.famsi.org/research/nasca/index.html

National Anthropological Archives
A list of guides to archived materials available from the Smithsonian Institution. Use global Find feature on your computer to search by keyword.
Visit: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/guides.htm

National Museum of the American Indian
Though not yet indicated on their website, the museum houses Andean collections.
Visit: http://www.nmai.si.edu/index.cfm
For example:
Visit: http://www.150.si.edu/150trav/remember/r117a.htm

Pajcha - Museo de Arte Étnico Americano de Salta - Argentina (server is sometimes down)

Visit: http://www.museopajchasalta.com.ar

Penn Museum 'online'- University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Now available online. Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has collected around one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. Search the Penn Museum's digital collections including 329,000 object records representing 665,000 objects with 67,000 images.
Uhle's Pachacamac collection can be accessed by searching "pachacamac".
The University of Pennsylvania Museum was the first institution to take a public stand on the highly controversial subject of cultural heritage policy. On April 1, 1970, the Museum issued what came to be known as the Pennsylvania Declaration, stating that no object would be purchased unless accompanied by a pedigree, including "information about the different owners, place of origin, legality of export, etc."
Visit: Collections

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
available online. This search tool is in beta and we welcome your feedback on its performance. Collections Online provides access to approximately 600,000 database records and over 300,000 associated digital photographs. Researchers can also contact the Peabody Museum's curatorial department to request a password to allow greater access to the database.
Visit: http://pmem.unix.fas.harvard.edu:8080/peabody/

Peabody Museum at Yale University
Another great contribution for researchers is the YPM Online Catalog . Of particular interest to Wari scholars is the posting of ceramics from the Wendell Bennett collection. The search can be narrowed to the Bennett Collection by using 'Wari' in the 'Description'. The results can be narrowed by 'pit' number also. To obtain only those entries with attached images, type 'IMAGE' in 'OtherAttributes'. Please note that not every catalog entry is matched one to one with an artifact.
Visit: peabody.yale.edu/collections/search-collections?ant

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Delphi online catalog of the museum's collections. This link goes directly to the ancient Andean artifacts.
Visit: Ancient Andean cultures

Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
is by the express desire of his founder (Rafael Larco Hoyle) a non-profit, private institution.
Visit: http://museolarco.perucultural.org.pe/iindex.html

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
provides some very old yet insightful imagery of the Andean cultural landscape. The indexing terminology is non-specific and thus a bit frustrating. Try "Search Images" but use general terms such as "Aymara", "La Paz", "Peru ruins", etc.
Visit: http://siris-archives.si.edu

Sociedad de Arqueología de La Paz
es un aporte interesante a la comunicación entre arqueólogos y la difusión de lo que hacen.
Visit: http://www.arqueologialapaz.org/

Smithsonian Institution, USA
James Smithson's Gift: "I then bequeath the whole of my property...to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge..." James Smithson (1765-1829)
Visit: http://www.si.edu/

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Ethnologisches Museum, Museen Dahlem, Germany
With a total of 500,000 objects from throughout the world and large numbers of sound recordings, documentary photographs and films, the Museum of Ethnology ranks among the largest and best of its kind.
Visit: http://www.smb.museum/em

Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology
Conducting research on the Photogrammetric Reconstruction of the Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa
Visit: http://www.ethz.ch

Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada is one of Toronto's most engaging visual arts organizations. With more than 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions, the TMC's permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry.
Visit: http://www.textilemuseum.ca/about/

Tocapu Drawings Database Project (TDDP)
by Christiane Clados. The main purpose of the database is to provide an online-catalogue of pre-Hispanic Tocapus found so far on artifacts of any material and form. The idea to do an online-catalogue on pre-Hispanic Tocapus was considered as necessary since many current interpretations are based on sometimes unsystematic use of basic types of Tocapus and their variations. An on-line catalogue of artifacts is a dynamic entity, one that can be constantly updated, corrected and added to as new information comes forth. This database should not be considered as finished but still in progress. Remarkably, all drawings are done by the author if not otherwise noted.
Contact: Christiane Clados .
Visit: http://tocapu.org/

University of Seville Library
Digital Resources include several historic maps and other data for Andean research.
Visit: http://expobus.us.es

Yachay Wasi, Perú
El Perú es un país rico en Patrimonio Cultural. Es tarea impostergable defenderlo, conservarlo y difundirlo. Yachay Wasi ha sido creado con el firme propósito de cumplir con el reto que esta tarea supone.
Visit: http://www.yachaywasi.org/

Yale Peabody Museum
Another great contribution for researchers is the YPM Online Catalog . Of particular interest to Wari scholars is the posting of ceramics from the Wendell Bennett collection. The search can be narrowed to the Bennett Collection by using 'Wari' in the 'Description'. The results can be narrowed by 'pit' number also. To obtain only those entries with attached images, type 'IMAGE' in 'OtherAttributes'. Please note that not every catalog entry is matched one to one with an artifact.
Visit: peabody.yale.edu/collections/search-collections?ant


Last Updated: November 6, 2014 Contact: Dr. Patricia Knobloch, huarpa@cox.net