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

  • 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, edited by Kerpel, Diana Magaloni and Nadal, Laura Filloy., 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, edited by Heiferman, Marvin., 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, 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.
  • 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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