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Ur Digitization Project: May 2013

Part of the original field card and field photo of PG 627, which had a well-preserved bitumen boat.

By: Brad Hafford

Artifact of the month Spotlight on field number U.8847 (museum number B17313) Bitumen Model Boat This is a model of a marsh or river boat that was found in Trial Trench G in the Royal Cemetery area of Ur. Woolley in his field card does not record the exact tomb of this example, though U.8846, […]

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A really big show

An example of a very large textile that wouldn't fit in our standard cabinets.

By: Lynn Grant

One factoid about the Museum that never fails to amaze in conversation is the estimate that what’s on exhibition is less than 5% of our total collections.  The usual response is, “where’s the rest of the stuff?”  The answer is ‘in storage’.  The Museum has a whole array of storerooms (my usual joke is that […]

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How Many Toilet Paper Tubes Will It Take to Operate Penn Museum Summer Camp 2013?

Check out what’s holding up this camper’s temple pediment!  I was really hoping for campers to have four tubes to make four columns and an actual mini-temple.  Alas, we ran low on TP tubes by the time we got to this craft.

By: Jennifer Reifsteck

I’m not into social media that much (for starters, I don’t do Facebook–gasp!), but if my fellow colleagues at the Penn Museum would happen to pick an avatar, a visual representation for myself, it would probably be this: This is not because I visit the bathroom more frequently than the average person.  This is because […]

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Native American Voices at the Penn Museum

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