Tag Archives: bat

Gold Plaque from Sitio Conte, Panama [Object of the Day #58]


One of five large gold plaques or breast-plates found on a long-departed Panamanian chief, the one pictured above might be the most impressive. It is entirely intact (unlike this one, which seems to have had a bite taken out of it…), and the fine details of the creature’s tails and claws are impressive. The teeth, […]

Posted in 125th Anniversary Object of the Day | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Guano and Sacrificial Pigs

Last night we missed a big party at the camp. They held a ceremony called a Bar Sri in Thai for Mu’s last day on excavation. Everyone sat around an offering of duck, beer, bananas and chips with candles flickering. Everyone tied white string around each others’ wrists and incanted a blessing: “May you live […]

Posted in Laos | Also tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Response
  • Penn Museum

Native American Voices at the Penn Museum