Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ur Digitization Project: April 2013

Field photo number 2048 showing artifact U.18001. More complete than 33-35-29, but the same imagery.

This month we have begun examining clay figurines from Ur. Our goal is to confirm museum object associations with field records. Here are two examples to show the process, challenges, and a little detail on the imagery: Artifacts of the month Spotlight on field number U.1527 (museum number B15689) and field number U.18001B? (museum number […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 4

Inspired by an artifact on view, an Abington School District 2nd grader demonstrates the throwing of a spear in the Iraq's Ancient Past exhibition.  Photo: Dari Sutton

This week, Thomas and Max give us new ways to look at Harpoon-shaped Head: Pointy Sharp, Shiny Stabbing, Throwing, Battling What is it made of? Wood by Thomas Sharp Brown, Amazed Amazing, Interesting, Attracting How was it made? Awesome by Max

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National Poetry Month, Week 3

This week highlights two iconic objects from the Iraq’s Ancient Past exhibition:  Ram in the Thicket and Puabi’s Diadem and Headdress.  Here is what the guest interpreters had to say: Ram Caught in a Thicket Shiny A ram, Curious Kicking, Standing, Eating Why did they create this? Stuck by Marley Puabi’s Golden Headdress Pretty Big, […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 2

The Abington 2nd grade guest interpreters examine a case in the Iraq's Ancient Past exhibition.  Photo:  Dari Sutton

This week, Abington School District guest interpreters Jacob and Kaileb give us two new ways to look at Penn Museum’s iconic Lyre with Bearded Bull’s Head and Inlaid Panel. Horns Cool, Creepy Living, Snorting, Kicking Where did it come from? Brown by Jacob Bull-like Amazing, Surprised Attracting, Interesting, Amusing How did they make it? Beard […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 1

Abington School District 2nd graders piece together pots during a conservation workshop.

The month of April is a month full of dedications – everything from Fools (April 1) to Administrative Professionals (April 24) and even the whole Earth itself (April 22) receive a special day.  My personal favorite celebration for April is National Poetry Month. Back in February, second graders from Abington School District visited the Penn […]

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Conserving ENIAC (aka Project CLEANIAC)

Pre-program intern Vicki Chisholm examining ENIAC components as part of the condition survey.

One of the responsibilities of the conservation department is to provide advice and consultation on conservation matters for colleagues, the university community and the general public.  The University Community often produces some interesting queries, like the time the ICA wanted to know how to prevent pest problems when exhibiting artworks made of chocolate.  Some time […]

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Penn Museum in Spain

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Last week, two couriers from Penn Museum, Assistant Archivist Eric Schnittke and Collections Assistant Jim Moss, traveled to Madrid, Spain to oversee the installation of 64 Near East and Babylonian objects along with 20 archival documents at CaixaForum Madrid. Antes del diluvio. Mesopotamia 3500-2100 aC (Before the Flood: Mesopotamia 3500-1200 BC) pulls together over 400 objects […]

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