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Return of the Natives

A museum of the people who were here first



ative Americans were living in small communities in New England 12,000 years ago, following the last ice age, and this largely unknown history of natives who lived here 7,000 years before the pyramids were built is a focus of the Peabody Museum at Phillips Academy Andover. One of the nation’s foremost repositories of archeological artifacts relating to native Americans the museum has woven textiles dating back more than 1,500 years – rare because such cloths usually decay – indicating that cotton was already being cultivated here for such purposes at that time. There are also figures carved from walrus tusks by Eskimos, and dioramas of 15th century Indian life along the Merrimack River.


Among the alumni of Phillips Academy: George H.W. and George W. Bush, Jack Lemmon, John F. Kennedy Jr., Frank Stella, and Bill Belichick. Humphrey Bogart attended, but was expelled.