You may have to squint, but this week’s archives photo of the week is still important. This image is the only known photograph of the Penn Museum’s Sphinx en route to Cairo for shipping to Philadelphia. The photo was sent by Flinders Petrie to then museum director George Byron Gordon. The 15-ton statue of Ramesses II [...]
The Maya are well known for their achievements in counting and documenting time, but do they deserve a reputation for human sacrifice? For ancient Americans this was a ritualized practice that was considered a payment to the Gods for the gift of life. The Aztec are believed to have conducted mass human sacrifice, but the evidence we have for the [...]
I am Jennifer Chiappardi, one of the photographers at Penn Museum. I am currently working with Kathleen Ryan in Kenya. The team was recently excavating in Laikipia. My children, Sara and Zac, and my niece, Beverly, have joined the team to travel to Maasai land. Berverly is 16, Sara is 12 and Zac is 7. [...]
The Penn Museum’s Exhibits Department has been developing the interactive features for the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition opening February 5th! Watch this video for a sneak peek into the exhibition and click here to see photos of the department at work.