Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Jane Walsh

Anthropologist Emeritus (Mexican archaeology)
Department / Division
  • M.A., University of the Americas
  • Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Research Interests

Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory, in particular the contact period in the central Valley of Mexico; 19th century Mexican archaeological and ethnographic collections; U.S. Exploring Expedition collection

  • Baptista Rosas, Raúl C., Begerock, Anna-Maria, Walsh, Jane MacLaren, Rangel, Armando, González, Mercedes, and Möller, Daniel. 2021. "The Mexican Mummy and the Circus Agent: The Story of a Travelling Mummy Starting in Cuba." Contributions in New World Archaeology, 15 207–230.
  • Justeson, John, Pool, Christopher A., Ceballos, Ponciano O., Rodríguez Martínez, María del Carmen, and Walsh, Jane M. 2020. "The Environs of Tres Zapotes as the Find-Spot of the Tuxtla Statuette." Latin American Antiquity, 31, (4) 747–764.
  • Walsh, Jane MacLaren and Topping, Brett. 2019. The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls: The Adventures of Eugène Boban. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Rose, Timothy R. and Walsh, Jane MacLaren. 2018. "The stone faces of Teotihuacan: Insights into their use, manufacture and sources." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 22 299–312.
  • Walsh, Jane MacLaren and Toppping, Brett. 2018. The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls - The Adventures of Eugène Boban. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Taladoir, Eric and Walsh, Jane M. 2014. "José María Melgar Viajero, coleccionista o saqueador?" Arqueología Mexicana, XXII, (129) 81–85.
  • Walsh, Jane M. and Rose, Timothy R. 2014. "Máscaras Teotihuacanas; una typologia preliminar." Arqueología Mexicana, 21, (126) 78–85.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2013. "El papel del Instituto Smithsoniano en el descubrimiento y estudio de la Ofrenda 4 de La Venta." In La Ofrenda 4 de La Venta: un tesoro olmeca reunido en el Museo Nacional de Antropologia: Estudios 7 catalogo. Kerpel, Diana Magaloni and Nadal, Laura Filloy, editors. 31–40. Mexico City: National Institute of Anthropology and HIstory.
  • Walsh, Jane M. and Hunt, David R. 2013. "The Fourth Skull: A Tale of Authenticity and Fraud." The Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative & Experimental History, 1, (2).
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2012. "Photography changes the criteria for authenticity." In Photography Changes Everything. Heiferman, Marvin, editor. New York;Washington, DC: Aperture & Smithsonian Institution.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "Retrato de una colección - El Museo Nacional en 1865." Arqueología Mexicana, XVII, (102) 78–83.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. Portrait of a Collection; National Museum of Mexico, 1865.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "Skull of Doom?" Apollo, CLXXI, (573) 42–47.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. The Skull of Doom; The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull: Fact, fiction and the creation of myth.
  • Sax, Margaret, Walsh, Jane M., Freestone, Ian, Rankin, Andrew H., and Meeks, Nigel D. 2008. "The origins of two purportedly pre-Columbian Mexican crystal skulls." Journal of Archaeological Science, 35, (10) 2751–2760.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2008. "The Dumbarton Oaks Tlazolteotl: looking beneath the surface." Journal de la Société des Américanistes, 94, (1) 7–43.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2008. "Legend of the Crystal Skulls." Archaeology, 61, (3) 36–41.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2006. "Internship Program in Latino History and Archaeology." In Hispanic Heritage at the Smithsonian: A Decade of Latino Initiatives. Smithsonian Latino Center, editor. 188–189. Smithsonian Institution.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2006. "Expeditions: 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America." In Hispanic Heritage at the Smithsonian: A Decade of Latino Initiatives. 22–23. Smithsonian Institution.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2006. "The Smithsonian Olmec Legacy." In Hispanic Heritage at the Smithsonian: A Decade of Latino Initiatives. 151–152. Smithsonian Institution.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2006. "Falsificando la Historia." Arqueología Mexicana, XIV, (82) 6.
  • Walsh, Jane MacLaren. 2005. "What is Real?: A New Look at PreColumbian Mesoamerican Collections." AnthroNotes, 26, (1) 1–7, 17-19.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2004. "La Vasija Obsidiana de Texcoco." Arqueología Mexicana, 12, (70) 2.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2003. "Mascaras Teotihuacanas; De Teotihuacan a Filadelfia en 1830." Arqueología Mexicana, XI, (64) 3.
  • Walsh, Jane MacLaren and Barringer, Tonia. 2001. "Smithsonian Expeditions: A Museum Partnership." AnthroNotes, 22, (3) 10–12.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 1993. "Review of Quivira: Europeans in the Region of the Sanre Fe Trail 1540-1820." Great Plains Quarterly, 13, (1).

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