The Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) is a joint endeavor between the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Teaching and Research Laboratories The Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) is a joint endeavor between the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). CAAM offers the facilities, materials, equipment, and expert personnel to teach and mentor Penn students in a range of scientific techniques crucial to archaeologists and other scholars as they seek to interpret the past in an interdisciplinary context which links the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Its mission is to: introduce and train undergraduate and graduate students in the analysis of archaeological materials; foster and mentor undergraduate and graduate student research; support Penn research, particularly archaeological fieldwork, by training students in the collection and analysis of specimens and data. CAAM’s main teaching and research laboratories are located in the newly renovated West Wing of the Museum. The laboratories offer facilities for sample preparation, examination, and analysis of samples, and include a Human Skeletal Laboratory, a Ceramics Laboratory dedicated to thin-section petrography, a Multi-Purpose Laboratory equipped with fume hood and chemical storage, a general purpose Wet Laboratory, a Zooarchaeology Laboratory and a Classroom with digital capabilities for lab-based teaching to classes with up to 25 students. Along with specialized instruments and tools, these laboratories also house extensive teaching and reference collections of a range of materials in hand specimens and thin-sections. In addition to regular courses, CAAM provides a mentoring environment in which students are able to carry out research-oriented independent studies, honors theses, and graduate work. The Center is staffed by Teaching Specialists who are domain experts in one or more of the following eight areas of specialization: ceramics, digital archaeology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, human skeletal analysis, lithics, archaeometallurgy, and conservation. Teaching Specialists Marie-Claude Boileau, Ph.D., Laboratory Coordinator and Teaching Specialist for Ceramics Peter Cobb, Ph.D., Kowalski Family Digital Archaeologist Moritz Jansen, Teaching Specialist for Archaeometallurgy Katherine Moore, Ph.D., Mainwaring Teaching Specialist for Archaeozoology Chantel White, Ph.D. Teaching Specialist for Archaeobotany Minor in Archaeological Science The Minor in Archaeological Science consists of six course units. Of these six, four will be CAAM classes from introductory, intermediate and advanced levels; one of these must be an advanced class with an archaeological science research component (the capstone class); and one must be a class in the archaeology or culture of a relevant area. The capstone course will provide a research experience, and the archaeology/culture class will emphasize the importance of developing an interpretive framework for the scientific analysis. The remaining four classes could be, for example, the introductory class and three intermediate classes, or the introductory class, two intermediate classes, and an advanced class, or some other combination of CAAM courses. CAAM, the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials which is jointly administered by SAS and the Penn Museum, is responsible for supervising students in the Minor. It is carried out by members of the CAAM Faculty Steering Committee and CAAM Staff. Additional support will be provided by the Department of Anthropology. To Declare: Students interested in declaring a Minor in Archaeological Science should contact Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau at This email address is being protected from spambots. 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Introductory ANTH 148, CLST 148, NELC 189 Food and Fire: Archaeology in the Laboratory Intermediate ANTH 221/521, CLST 244, ARTH 230, NELC 284/584 Material World in Archaeological Science ANTH 267/567, CLST 268/568, NELC 286/586, ANTH 230 Living World in Archaeological Science Forensic Anthropology CLST 362/562, ANTH 362, AAMW562 Introduction to Digital Archaeology CLST 309, ANTH 319 Pottery in Archaeology Advanced ANTH 415 Archaeology of Animals ANTH 435, ARTH 433, CLST 435, NELC 486 Past Preserved: Conservation in Archaeology ANTH 440, CLST 441 Plants and Society ANTH 404 Introduction to the Human Skeleton Graduate Seniors may enroll with permission of instructor. CLST 512, AAMW 512, ANTH 514 Petrography of Cultural Materials ANTH 533, AAMW 539, CLST 543, NELC 585 Archaeobotany Seminar ANTH 552, AAMW 552, CLST 552, NELC 587 Archaeometallurgy Seminar


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The Penn Museum seeks to engage its Penn student audience. These organizations are your opportunity get involved at the Museum, create experiences for fellow students, and share your thoughts on how the Museum can evolve as a space and resource for students. Clio Society Clio Society is the Penn Museum’s undergraduate student interest group. All undergraduate students are welcome to join! Read More: Clio Society   Penn Museum Student Advisory Board (SAB) Penn Museum Student Advisory Board (SAB) connects Penn students with the Museum. We welcome new members! Read More: Student Advisory Board


The Penn Museum presents a series of regular events for Penn undergraduate and graduate students who like to learn by doing, laughing, and conversation. Also look out for special events on the calendar below. Making Workshops DO: These hands-on workshops let you step into the past by studying ancient objects from the museum’s international world-renowned collections and then crafting and using modern replicas of your own. Penn faculty experts and local artisans lead these engaging sessions and answer your questions throughout the evening. Movie Nights Laugh: Join us for a series of the best/worst movies about archaeology and history with faculty and graduate student experts who will set the record straight with rib-tickling running commentary. Curator Tours Talk: Drop in on select Friday afternoons for a curator-led gallery tour. After the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the curator over tea & cookies. Each month will be a different gallery & curator.


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