Professor Jeffrey Quilter will be the next William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum, beginning July 1.

Quilter has been the Peabody Museum’s deputy director for curatorial affairs, curator for intermediate area archaeology, and senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Prior to his arrival at the Peabody, Quilter spent 10 years as the director of pre-Columbian studies and curator of the pre-Columbian collection at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

Quilter is best known for his team’s discovery of a lost language, written on a small piece of paper 400 years ago and excavated in 2008 at a colonial-period site in Peru.

“I’m extremely honored and pleased,” said Quilter of his appointment. “This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a remarkable museum with committed staff in fulfilling its mission to serve Harvard University in its educational and research roles.”

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