Dr. David Gilman Romano, Senior Research Scientist in the Penn Museum’s Mediterranean Section and Mt. Lykaion Project Co-Director, offers this presentation of provocative new finds from the current excavations by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the University of Arizona, and the Greek Archaeological Service. In particular, the ash altar of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia has revealed new clues about the origins of the cult on the mountaintop sanctuary. According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the father of the Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses, was born on Mt. Lykaion. Mycenaean dedications found at the altar this summer continue to shed light on what may be the earliest beginnings of Zeus in mainland Greece.
Who is the Real Persepolis?
by Lauren Ristvet
Explore why Persepolis, originally built in 515 BCE, and an UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran, is the title of the award-winning graphic novel memoir. Dyson Assistant Curator Lauren Ristvet will share her thoughts, as well as more information about the important Iranian site. The event will conclude with an optional short tour of the Museum’s Islamic gallery, which features a variety of Iranian pieces.
by Dr. David O'Connor
Museums, Antiquities, and Cultural Property
by Dr. James Cuno
On November 2, 2009 the Museum hosted an evening lecture "Museums, Antiquities, and Cultural Property" by James Cuno, President and Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and author of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage.
Community Engagement in Archaeology
by Dr. Ian Hodder
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
by Dr. Gary Marcus
The Land of Kuri: How American and Cypriot Archaeologists Revealed the Past of the Island's Southern Shore
by Dr. Stuart Swiny, Director, Institute of Cypriot Studies, University at Albany
The ancient city kingdom of Kourion, on the south coast of Cyprus, has been the focus of archaeological investigation for nearly 150 years. Its location and natural resources attracted the earliest settlers to the island, and its prominence has continued into modern times. Dr. Swiny will provide an overview of the region's archaeology, showing how it represents a microcosm of Cypriot antiquity as a whole. He will emphasize some of the most important discoveries as well as the colorful individual explorers who made them.
Breaking the Mind Barrier: The Archaeology and Evolution of Our Social Brain
by Dr. Clive Gamble
Ur of the Chaldees
by Dr. Richard Zettler
Dr. Zettler discusses Sir Leonard Woolley's discoveries from the Royal Tombs of Ur in modern day Iraq.
The Trojan War: Myth or Fact
by Dr. C. Brian Rose
Dr. Rose highlights recent excavations at Troy.
China’s First Emperor: Man and the Empire for all Eternity
by Dr. Nancy S. Steinhardt
Examine the funerary world of the First Emperor, who in death broke with the millennial-old precedent of sacrificial burial and instead had thousands of life-size clay warriors accompany him into the afterlife.