Ayşe knows everyone in the Yassıhöyük, and one of her friends is Metin the shepherd. Last year, he sold all his sheep and replaced them with a herd of (mostly) angora goats—the kind of goat that produces mohair—which I guess makes him a goat herder. We went out to the corral to watch him prepare [...]
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A hot and humid August day gets a refreshing twist during Penn Museum’s Summer Nights concert series. This time we heard the luscious sounds of musicians: Orlando Haddad and Patricia King. They formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts and have been traveling both around the U.S and South America ever [...]
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We had a great time last Wednesday grooving to the music of Incendio and taking awesomely hilarious museum themed photos for our Instagram Photo Contest! Out in the Stoner Courtyard, Penn Museum’s Summer Nights concert series struck musical gold once again and we were thrilled to have Incendio (our favorite Latin inspired band from L.A.) [...]
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What do the Olympic games from circa 405 BC have in common with London’s in 2012? A key may be in the representation of Victory. Read what two representations of Victory reveal about our understanding of the Olympics.
When my mom asked me if I wanted to go to last week’s Museum camp in February and she said it was about games I said “Sure.” I thought it would be fun because I already learned how to play the game Mancala last year at the Museum’s Domino Event and I was really good at [...]
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On Sunday, November 6, the Super Domino Brother set up 10,000 colorful dominoes in the Chinese Rotunda and set off the Rube-Goldberg-esque extravaganza with an audience of more than 100 enthusiastic visitors. This was one of many events planned to celebrate Penn’s Year of Games. See if you can hear an audience member yell, “That [...]
Also in the spirit of Penn’s Year of Games, we interviewed Penn Museum Registrar Chrisso Boulis about the historic games collection. The beautifully crafted paper prints are the predecessors to the games (that require essentially no skill) like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders that we know so well. In the video Chrisso talks a bit [...]
In recognition of the “Year of Games” here at Penn, I searched ‘games’ on the Expedition magazine webpage. It turns out, the magazine has published articles about games for decades! Children’s Games (How do you say eeny, meeny, miny, mo in Turkish? Ena, mena, donsi donsi donsi!) Astragali, the Ubiquitous Gaming Pieces (near and dear [...]
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Spring, by small degrees, is inspiring the bulbs to show off their blooms in the the courtyard at the Penn Museum. The daffodils, with oddly narrow trumpets, are nodding visitors inside as if to say, “The Silk Road mummies may be gone, but we still have a really cool exhibit here! I swear! I’m a [...]