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Iron Throwing Knife from Zaire [Object of the Day #4]

Throwing Knife

By: Amy Ellsworth

This Mogwandi throwing knife from Zaire has a straight iron blade slightly narrowing to a large triangular blade at right angle to the end and with pointed vertical extension at its proximal end. On the other side from the end is a vertical crescent blade. Triangular spur at base of blade on the same side […]

Gold Scythian Panther Head, 400 BCE [Object of the Day #3]

Panther Rhyton

By: Amy Ellsworth

This gold panther head decorated a wooden rhyton or drinking vessel that was part of the Maikop Treasure. The Maikop Treasure consists of more than 300 objects ranging in date from the Bronze Age through the Medieval period, currently held in four institutions—the Staatliche Museen, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin, the Penn […]

Sakhmet Necklace, 500 BCE [Object of the Day #2]

Sakhmet Necklace

By: Amy Ellsworth

This string of 30 gold cowrie shell-shaped beads, one gold pomegranate shaped bead with granulation, and two large barrel-shaped beads, one gold and one chalcedony. Cast gold pendant shows the goddess Sekhmet standing with her hands at her sides. Often shown with the head of a lioness, the goddess Sekhmet was a very powerful deity. […]

Decadrachm Coin from Syracuse, 400 BCE [Object of the day #1]


By: Amy Ellsworth

This Syrakosion (meaning “of the Syracusans”) coin from around 400 BCE is a decadrachm—a silver coin equal to ten drachmas. It depicts the head of the goddess Arethusa surrounded by four dolphins on one side. Greek coins often display a god on the obverse. Later, in the Hellenistic and Roman period the portrait of a […]

National Geographic Visits Gordion

Mary Voigt leading the NGS group on a tour of the Gordion Citadel Mound, explaining how the fortifications were rebuilt in the time of King Midas (Middle Phrygian period).

By: Naomi Miller

The National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration visited Gordion on June 4. Months of planning went into the visit. The NGS apparently does not like surprises, and we were scheduled to the minute! We met up with them at their hotel at 7 AM (sharp), and we headed out from Ankara to Yassıhöyük […]

Summer Nights Foursquare Special

By: Josh

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in West Philadelphia, as the rich sounds of international music return to the lush garden setting at Penn Museum. The third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series features weekly performances onWednesdays, June 20 through August 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Penn Museum’s Stoner Courtyard. Make sure […]

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