University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Travel Day(s): No Sleep Till Ben Gurion – Jeremy Cohen

This is what an archaeologist looks like...

By: Anne Tiballi

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. 3:29 am EST/9:29 […]

An Excavation, An Education: My Summer at the Roman Peasant Project

Floatation in the rain

By: Laura Agosto

This summer I was lucky enough to spend a month in the small town of Cinigiano, Tuscany excavating for the Roman Peasant Project. The project, led by its directors Kim Bowes, Cam Grey, Emanuele Vaccaro, and Mari Ghisleni, was in its sixth and final season. The goal of the project was to understand the lives […]

Sarcophagus [Object of the Day #110]


By: Lynn Makowsky

The Etruscans buried their dead in stone and terracotta sarcophagi that were often elaborately decorated. This carved Etruscan nenfro (a type of volcanic stone) sarcophagus is one of five in the Museum’s collection. The piece dates to the 3rd  century BC and comes from a tomb excavated at the site of Civita Musarna, Italy in […]

An ancient image of childbirth…TMI?

By: Ardeth Abrams

Photo by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas A ceramic fragment less than 1 ¾” by 1 ¼” depicting the earliest known childbirth scene in western art was recently found in Italy. It shows the head and shoulders of a baby emerging from a mother who had her knees raised, her face in profile, and a […]

Did you say something?

By: Maureen Callahan

Surely these two guys and a gal have something to say.  Create dialogue for them in the comments section — the most clever (by our standards) will win a prize from the archives. Be sure to leave an email address so that we can let you claim your winnings.

Intimate Moments in the Archives

By: Maureen Callahan

This week’s FFIOW is an image by Jotham Johnson, a classical archaeologist and later the president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and was taken at the site of Minturnae, in Italy. The woman in this photograph is Agnes K. Lake, a scholar of Roman religion, and member of the faculty at Bryn Mawr College. […]

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