Augustus Ledyard Smith field notes and diaries
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Following his work at Uaxactun, Smith worked on excavations in the Guatemalan Highlands under A.V. Kidder, with whom he published a monograph on the Motagua drainage in 1943. After World War II, he resumed work in the Highlands and later worked at Mayapan, in Yucatan–the last archaeological project of the Carnegie Institution. He worked there from 1950 to 1958 and, with Karl Ruppert, Smith worked on the settlement map and survey of Mayapan and published the results in Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico in 1962.
Smith joined the Peabody Museum's staff as an assistant curator after the Carnegie Institution closed is archaeological division in 1958. His contributions to the development of the cultural heritage and history of Guatemala were recognized in 1968, when that country's government honored him with the Order of Quetzal.
- Willey, Gordon R. "Obituary: Augustus Ledyard Smith 1901-1985." American Antiquity53, no. 4 (October 1988): 683-685.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of A. Ledyard Smith, Jr. and Camilla Moss Smith; 2007
- Smith, Augustus Ledyard (1901-1985). Field notes and diaries, ca. 1927-1958: A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
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