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Anthropology Collections Search

Information about this database, our image use policy, search tips, and a list of additional sources of information are available in the Introduction.

Use the Keyword Search to perform simple keyword searches on selected fields. If you need to search on another field, use the By Field Search. If you would just like to see a sample from the collection, choose a topic from the Quick Browse Searches below.

Searches will return a maximum of 5000 records. Consider using additional search terms to narrow the results.

For more information about Anthropology collections, see our main collections page.


See the Help tab to learn more about searching and then exploring your returned results (sorting, exporting, etc.).

Quick Browse Searches

Use the By Field search to find specimen data that match values in specific database fields. Enter a value or choose one from the dropdown lists. Use the Archaeobiology search to restrict results to Archaeobiology records.

Enter your keywords separated by spaces and click Search. Records that match your search terms will be returned.

Keyword search example: knife sri lanka

The results of your searches can be displayed in Grid (a sortable, customizable table) or Gallery View (best for reviewing images). Use the Switch button Change View to cycle between these views.

In Grid View:

In Gallery View:

See Exporting Results for information on downloading results to, for example, Excel.

Open the full collection record by clicking the expansion button (Expansion button) in Grid View, or anywhere within the image frame in Gallery View. Inverse expansion buttons (Collapse button) indicate records with multimedia (typically, images).

Sort results in Grid View by clicking the column header (or by choosing Sort from the column's dropdown menu).

Export all or selected results by clicking the Export Results as CSV button in the bottom toolbar in Grid or Gallery View.

Here are a few search tips:

To create a link to specific records at NMNH provide a querystring for:

where QUERYSTRING is (use a plus-sign to separate case-insensitive terms):

It is best to use only letters, numbers, pluses (+), dashes (-), and commas in your querystrings, and to avoid other characters.

Please use the Feedback page to report problems you find with the data, or with using these search pages.