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Heart Health Month at the Museum

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By: Tom Stanley

There’s plenty to celebrate in February. February is Black History Month; it’s part of the internationally recognized Season for Nonviolence; it’s also the shortest month of the year, which is nice when you earn a monthly salary (same pay for fewer days of work), but not as nice when you’re paid hourly (same monthly bills, but fewer days to earn money […]


Ur Project, January 2016: A Tour of Ur

Field photo 1884 (left, 1930) and modern equivalent (right, 2015) showing Straight Street from the southeast.

By: Brad Hafford

Ur, Then and Now Comparing photos from the field and from a recent visit Field photos no. 454 and 1884 with equivalents taken in 2015 I’ve been studying the ancient city of Ur for more than a decade, but due to the struggles the nation of Iraq has endured I’d never been able to visit […]


#MyPennMuseum: Using Facebook to Engage Penn Students

‪#‎MyPennMuseum‬‬ "My favorite resource at the Penn Museum is the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials. I'm taking a course there this semester and almost every class makes use of the Museum's vast collection of artifacts. For example, I was able to examine ceramic samples dating back several thousand years ago from Mesopotamia. I've learned that by exploring the museum, you'll find opportunities you never knew existed." 
— Alex King
Editor-in-Chief of Synapse: Penn's Undergraduate Medical Connection

By: Stephanie Mach

My name is Leo Page-Blau, and I am a work-study student in the Academic Engagement Department at the Penn Museum. I am a sophomore studying Communication and the Modern Middle East at Penn. As part of the Academic Engagement Department, I work to engage Penn students in the Museum’s collections and resources. Social media has […]


A Tale of Two Cities: The Ancient Maya Site of La Florida and the Modern Town of El Naranjo

The view from atop one of La Florida’s pyramids. Photo by Joanne Baron

By: Joanne Baron

As we approach the coldest months of the year, all I can think about is sunny Guatemala, where I spent the month of July this past summer. I direct the La Florida Archaeology Project, together with my colleague Liliana Padilla. La Florida is an ancient Maya site, once known as the center of the Namaan […]


Ur Project: December 2015

Left: Penn Museum Number 32-40-29 (U.17820) showing a woman nursing a child, Top: Penn Museum Number B5695 (U.1211) a Pazuzu amulet or mask, and Bottom: British Museum Number 1924,0920.95 (U.1753) a Pazuzu amulet or mask.

By: Kyra Kaercher

Where are all the children? Focus on 32-40-29 (U.17820), B15695 (U.1211), 87-28-21 (U.3169), B15708 (U.1252) Children comprise between 40% and 65% of most documented social groups from foragers to industrialized nations, and as such, can be expected to have created portions of the archaeological record (Baxter 2005).  At Ur, we have many child burials, but artifacts […]


Ur Digitization Project: November 2015

Parthian horse and rider figurine from Nippur.

By: Brad Hafford

Horse and Rider at Ur A look at U.20055 (Museum Object Number: 35-1-114) And other horse and rider figurines When did the people of Mesopotamia first start riding horses? It’s a straightforward question but it has a somewhat complicated answer. First of all, the true horse (Equus caballus) was a relatively late entry into Mesopotamia […]


Penn Museum Coloring Pages

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By: Lee Roueche

With the increasing popularity of adult coloring books, I thought it would be fun to create some original Penn Museum coloring pages with objects from our collection. Through the magic of Photoshop, I was able to turn high resolution images of objects and Mary Louise Baker watercolors into B&W outlines. The intricate designs and repeating […]


Conservation of Kaipure’s Tomb Chapel

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By: Emily Brown

Hello from the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery (or Lower Egypt as we often call it here at the Penn Museum)! We are Emily Brown and Madeleine Neiman, two project conservators working on the Vibration Mitigation Project at the Penn Museum. Currently, we are working in view of the public on an Old Kingdom tomb chapel (Figure […]


Ur Project: October 2015

Pendants, each about one inch in diameter (Bass 1966:37).

By: Kyra Kaercher

http://penn.museum/collections/object/283733Spiral pendants from the Near East Focus on 35-1-98C (no U number), B16370 (U.6800), B16794 (U.9351A). A special thanks to Dr. Sophie Cluzan (Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Louvre), and Tessa de Alarcon, our project conservator, for the X-ray of 35-1-98C. The idea for this month’s blog post came while I was looking […]


Wampum Field Report Part 2: Kaianerasere’Kówa – Stephanie Mach

Richard W. Hill Sr. explaining wampum imagery to the author. Photo by Dr. Bruchac.

By: Stephanie Mach

Every year the Penn Museum provides support to Penn undergraduates and graduate students as they deepen their understanding of the human experience outside the Museum’s walls. Follow these blog posts from our intrepid young scholars as they report on the sights and sites that they encounter throughout their travels in the field. This is Part 2 […]


The Golden Age of King Midas

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