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Day of Archaeology 2014

By: Lee Roueche

This Friday, July 11 the Penn Museum is participating in a Day of Archaeology 2014, which is a communal project that invites people from all over the world who work, study, or volunteer in the archaeological field to share their day. The goal of the project is show the world “why archaeology is vital to […]

The Emergence of Ringo and Sobek

Ringo's Introduction

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 […]

Hot pepper and ice – and the earliest photograph of soccer north of the Arctic Circle


By: Alessandro Pezzati

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has begun in Brazil this afternoon.  Since it is being played in a tropical country this year, the Penn Museum Archives thought it fitting to show what is most likely the earliest photograph of a soccer game played north of the Arctic Circle. Taken at Point Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost […]

Looking for a good book this summer?


By: Lee Roueche

“There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.” -Eyes and Ears, 1862 Henry Ward Beecher Now that the summer vacation season is upon us, it is time to draw up a summer reading list […]

Archives Photo of the Week: Mustache.


By: Eric Schnittke

The Penn Museum Archives is home to the archival collections of the directors of the museum. As you might guess, we have quite the fondness for them. None are more dear to me than George Byron Gordon and for one reason: that glorious, magnificent, noble mustache. Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1910 […]

Are We Hard Wired To Collect?

Deer, Parrot, Chief, and Owl katsinam in the Wolf collection.

By: Lucy Fowler Williams

When talking to school kids visiting the Museum, I love to ask them if they collect anything?  Their hands fly up in the air and they eagerly describe their personal treasures of rocks, key chains, Pokemon or baseball cards, bottle caps, and state quarters. When I was a kid I collected stuffed octopi.  Seriously – […]

The Cosmos in Storage

Ubaid columns, Enheduanna, and jewelry from the Royal Cemetery at Ur

By: Katy Blanchard

 I know I’m not alone when I say that I get excited on Sunday nights to sit down and watch Cosmos. The re-envisioned Carl Sagan classic airs on Fox on Sunday nights with Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. I’m not going to gush about how he’s been my favorite astrophysicist since I basically learned what […]

“When the Sap Starts Running in the Spring, the Blood Starts Running in Our Men”

Oren Lyons at the Penn Museum in April 2014.

By: Lucy Fowler Williams

Probably one of the fastest growing games in the world, it seems that everyone wants to play lacrosse. The Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee will field a team at the World Outdoor Championship Games to be played this summer in Denver (July 9-19). In 2015 they will host 16-18 countries competing in the Indoor Box Lacrosse […]

Would You Like to See Samoa?

By: Lee Roueche

It is spring break for some this week, but it definitely doesn’t feel like sunshine and Mai Tais today in Philadelphia. For those of us stuck at our desks, here is a short clip from our archival film collection to get you dancing and thinking of vacation! Shot in 1940, this travelogue film documents the […]

What Would You Create If You Could Install an Exhibition at the Penn Museum?

A group of Abington SD 2nd graders pauses for a photo.  Photo credit:  Jennifer Reifsteck

By: Jennifer Reifsteck

This quiet, reflective space became a buzz of activity for AIM Academy and Abington School District students.  When AIM Academy 6th graders and Abington School District 2nd graders visited recently, they were asked to create a museum exhibition within the Kintner and Dietrich galleries.  The only parameter:  the exhibition had to be relevant to archaeology […]

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