Category Archives: Research

Ur Digitization Project: September 2013

A view down Straight Street (Division Street) in the 1930-31 season. UPM Archive photo 191883

Excavation of the ancient city, 1930-31 Season Spotlight on Domestic Area AH Reconstructing original house numbers and the process of their excavation One of the great accomplishments of the Ur excavation was the large extent of domestic architecture it revealed. Many early archaeological efforts focused almost exclusively on monumental structures and grandiose tombs. Woolley certainly […]

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Journey across China. Day 9 – Homestretch

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On the last day, we traveled across Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture before making our way northward into Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. On both sides of the highway were spectacular views of velvety green hills with fir trees and fields of lavender. We passed a few roadside stores selling wild berry jams and honey in the […]

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Excavations at Cosa

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My name is Sophie Crawford-Brown and I am going into my second year at Penn as a PhD student in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. Thanks to the generous support of the Penn Museum, I was able to excavate at a fascinating site in Italy this summer. The dig team was staying in […]

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If You Build it, They Will Come

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The Penn Museum sometimes feels like a world away from the rest of campus. And yet the building is sandwiched between Franklin Field, HUP, and Penn Park. Is there a mental wall keeping the Museum at a distance? Or, could it be the brick and mortar wall in front of our building? Whatever the issue, […]

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Understanding The Re-Signification of Musica Territory

During the last two weeks I have been talking to scholars who are interested in contemporary Muisca groups, and who have introduced me to some spiritual and political leaders of both officially recognized and non-recognized communities. But let’s start from the beginning: who are Muisca? Muisca was -or should we say is?- an indigenous “prehispanic […]

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Working for the Weekend- Touring Northern Greece

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In addition to our work at the field school here in Northern Greece, on weekends we often travel to nearby archaeological sites.  This seems to achieve the goal of familiarizing ourselves with the area and facilitates drawing connections between and recognizing the ancient relationships of these sites.  Such connections were especially apparent as we toured […]

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Exploring Contemporary Indigenous Spritualities Through Material Culture

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I will be working in central Colombia (the Cundinamarca and Boyaca areas), from 22nd June to 22nd August, exploring how indigeneity is constructed and experienced in urban contexts. I will look at how spiritual practices are authenticated through their materialization in pre-hispanic archaeological artifacts and landscapes. This research will provide us important data to analyze […]

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Journey across China. Days 7 and 8 – Into a hidden paradise

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I was excited to see the Taklamakhan Desert again after I traveled across it by bus two years ago on the western route that runs through the heart of the desert. There are two roads that cut north-south through the desert. This time, we took the eastern route that passes through the lower reaches of […]

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Survey- ‘I can see for miles, and miles, and miles, and miles…’

Trudging through the fallow fields, tracking down a possible tumulus.  (Photo by: Amanda Ball)

Who knew ‘The Who’s’ lyrics would become relevant to my involvement in this project? This week I was able to take a stab at an aspect of archaeology outside of the well-known process of digging and excavation. In the area surrounding our main site at Stryme there are cultivated fields of cotton and wheat. In […]

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Week 1- Synergasia in Stryme

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After one long flight and a three hour ride from the Thessaloniki airport, I finally made it to the small town of Pagouria, located near the closest city of Komotini, Greece in order to participate in an excavation of the supposed site of ancient Stryme, a port of trade for those crossing the Aegean. The […]

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