Research Department
The Pequot Museum’s Research Department comprises of archaeology, historical research, and conservation.
18th century iron

Archaeology staff identifies, documents, and preserves places of cultural, spiritual, and historical significance to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. This is accomplished through oral histories, historical research, archaeological surveys and excavations, laboratory analysis, and conservation of archaeological materials. 

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Stone Pipe
Decoration from stone pipe, c. 1000 A.D.
Conservation staff oversees the preservation and treatment of Museum artifact collections. Preservation issues, such as temperature and humidity, amounts of light, and damage from insects, are addressed for artifacts on display, traveling, and in storage. Staff performs treatments on historic, cultural materials excavated by the archaeology division. Conservation has the capability to analyze objects and materials using high-powered microscopes and an x-ray facility to discover details about the artifact, advancing our understanding of material culture and its relation to cultural history. 
Historical Research
Alfred Sebastian, c. 1930
Historical Research staff is responsible for collecting, synthesizing, and interpreting historical documents, archaeological data, and oral histories as they relate to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and other Native American communities in southern New England. The historical documents include Pequot Overseers papers, Connecticut Indian Papers, Federal Census records, customs records, historical maps, vital statistics, land records, church records, and probate records. Collectively, this information allows tribal researchers to better understand and reconstruct historical Pequot communities and their interactions with other tribes and neighboring European American and African American communities in the region.