University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Archives Photo of the Week: Bicycles, Horses, and a Golf Club

By: Eric Schnittke

Nippur party
Penn Museum Image #184826

The excavations at Nippur, Iraq are some of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s most well known explorations. The seasons at Nippur resulted in numerous important artifacts and a plethora of new data and knowledge. Very serious work, however, calls for very serious party time. This week’s photo captures some downtime somewhere between 1899 and 1900. Featured in the image are three bicycles, one tricycle, one horse, and one gentleman carrying a golf club. These archaeologists certainly knew how to have a good time.

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