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Category: Fun!

Is Elvis in the building?


By: Kate Pourshariati

In honor of the important national holiday today we highlight an ancient artifact [reel to reel tape!] from our audio-visual collections… “Plot synopsis: Archaeologists in the year 7956 explore the abandoned ruins of the long-dead civilization of North America, and attempt to decipher the meanings of its strange artifacts. Based on a short story, [by […]

Happy 159th Birthday Max Uhle (1856-1944): Father of Peruvian Archaeology

Border Textile, Andean, Peru. Museum Object Number: 29684

By: Lee Roueche

“In Americanist studies the first thing that had to be done was to introduce the idea of time, to get people to admit that the types could change over time.” -Max Uhle, May 15, 1923 Today, March 25th 2015, marks the 159th birthday of the German archaeologist, Max Uhle, who excavated in Peru for the […]

Collections Madness!


By: Lee Roueche

Calling all lovers of objects from ancient to modern world history! Introducing the Penn Museum Object Bracket Challenge For the month of March the Penn Museum is now the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology AND BRACKETOLOGY! We’re asking you, the public, to vote for your favorite objects in our first ever Object […]

Ask Us Anything!

Project Conservator Molly Gleeson (at left) and Head Conservator Lynn Grant (at right), looking forward to answering your questions about artifact conservation.

By: Tom Stanley

Open since September of 2012, the Museum’s ongoing In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies exhibition continues to be a big point of interest and engagement among our visitors. In case you’re not familiar with In the Artifact Lab, the concept is pretty simple: it’s a combination of an exhibition and a working conservation lab. […]

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 22, 1940


By: Lee Roueche

5 lbs onions $.30 10 tins Maxwell’s coffee 1# $6.00 6 paq. Salada tea $1.50 1 bag Flour Gold Medal 98# $3.25 25 lbs Chinese rice $1.50 Receipt from Compañia Kito Chen, S.A., January 22, 1940 On this day 75 years ago, J. Alden Mason went grocery shopping. So what do you feed a small […]

Fall 2014 Roundup of Student Events

Halloween Party

By: Stephanie Mach

[By Charlotte Matthai, member of the Clio Society–Penn Museum’s undergraduate student interest group] During the fall 2014 semester, Clio Society went behind-the-scenes of the Penn Museum, meeting some of the people who make all of it possible and exploring the mysteries and hidden gems of storage. We met Jenn Reifsteck from Public Programs, who trained us on […]

Jewelry Making

Dr. Jane Hickman shows students jewelry from the Museum’s collections.

By: Karen Thomson

While last month’s Atlatl Making Workshop put Penn students’ physical agility and swiftness to the test, this month’s event challenged their eye for aesthetics and beauty. In early November, over 30 Penn students came to the Museum to attend Jewelry Making, the second Making Workshop of the series hosted by the Museum’s Academic Engagement Department. […]

Atlatl Battle

Penn Senior Monica Fenton launches a dart at the grazing mammoth.

By: James Moss

Earlier this month, Penn students gathered at the Penn Museum to learn how to hunt dangerous big game just like their ancestors. Atlatl is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word for Spear-thrower, a tool used throughout the world, from the Middle Paleolithic up through today. First in a series of Making Workshops sponsored by the Museum’s new […]

Ringo’s Newest Production


By: Alyssa Velazquez

The work in the Penn Museum Archives never ends. The backlog resists attempts at taming it. The archives is happy to have a number of interns and volunteers who are willing to help organize, catalog, and preserve the documents, drawings, and photographs in the collections. Alyssa Velazquez is one such intern, who is presently reorganizing […]

Left Behind


By: Therese Marmion

Some parents might find it difficult to let go of their children’s possessions–toys, trophies, mix tapes–when the kids move out and begin lives on their own. However, Carl Weiss, a member of the Museum’s Director’s Council, and his wife Andy decided to have some fun with an object left behind by their daughter, Alissa, C06. […]

The Golden Age of King Midas

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