Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Jane Walsh

Anthropologist Emeritus (Mexican archaeology)
Department / Division
Education
  • 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

Publications
Book
  • Walsh, Jane MacLaren and Topping, Brett. 2019. The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls; The Adventures of Eugène Boban. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • 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.
Article
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.057
  • 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. and Hunt, David R. 2013. "The Fourth Skull: A Tale of Authenticity and Fraud." The Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative & Experimental History
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "Retrato de una colección - El Museo Nacional en 1865." Arqueología Mexicana XVII (102):78–83.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "Skull of Doom?." Apollo CLXXI (573):42–47.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2008.05.007
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2008. "Legend of the Crystal Skulls." Archaeology 61 (3):36–41.
  • 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. 2006. "Falsificando la Historia." Arqueología Mexicana XIV (82):6.

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Chapter
  • 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, edited by Kerpel, Diana Magaloni and Nadal, Laura Filloy., 31–40. Mexico City: National Institute of Anthropology and HIstory.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2012. "Photography changes the criteria for authenticity." in Photography Changes Everything, edited by Heiferman, Marvin., New York;Washington, DC: Aperture & Smithsonian Institution.
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2006. "Internship Program in Latino History and Archaeology." in Hispanic Heritage at the Smithsonian: A Decade of Latino Initiatives, edited by Smithsonian Latino Center., 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.
Web Page
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "The Skull of Doom; The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull: Fact, fiction and the creation of myth."
  • Walsh, Jane M. 2010. "Portrait of a Collection; National Museum of Mexico, 1865."