Undergraduate Michael Freeman’s Penn education thus far has been nothing short of magical. Now a junior majoring in Classical Studies, Michael came to Penn from the tiny town of Walton, New York. A self proclaimed member of the Harry Potter generation, he was long enchanted by magic—but it wasn’t until the end of his freshman year that a course on ancient magic, taught by Classics Professor Peter Struck, really drew him in.


Twelve midshipmen of the University of Pennsylvania NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps), seniors from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University, came to the Penn Museum early Monday morning for an intensive tour. Their guide, through galleries featuring ancient history and archaeology of Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Rome, and Anatolia (via The Golden Age of King Midas special exhibition) was Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean Section, Midas exhibition curator, and former President of the Archaeological Institute of America.


The Golden Age of King Midas opened to the public—with long lines at the admission desks—Saturday, February 13. The special exhibition, featuring treasures from ancient Turkey, looks at the world of the historical King Midas who lived in the prosperous city of Gordion—where Penn Museum archaeologists have been working, and making discoveries, since 1950. Dr. C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University, Penn Museum’s Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and the Archaeological Project Director at Gordion, is the exhibition’s Curator. To develop such a major international exhibition, Dr. Rose saw an opportunity to provide a strong educational experience—and solicit help—if he invited Penn graduate students to join him in the extensive research and early planning phases of the Midas show. A group of 13 Penn graduate students took on the challenge and in the spring of 2013, signed up for the Gordion Curatorial Seminar. Offered through the department of Art and Archaeology in the Mediterranean World (AAMW), the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental seminar drew students from the graduate groups in Art History, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, Historic Preservation, and Fine Arts.


Is that a bird? A plane? Is that ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing on the tail of that rocking private 747 jet decked out for Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour? As a scholar of the ancient Maya, and a renowned expert in Maya hieroglyphs, Dr. Simon Martin, Penn Museum’s Associate Curator of the American Section, doesn’t usually get involved with contemporary culture—yet alone heavy metal rock music. So he was a bit surprised when the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden contacted him. The band was developing artwork for its newest album, The Book of Souls, with an ancient Maya inspired theme, and they wanted a Maya scholar to translate the song titles into authentic ancient Mayan hieroglyphs.


For Penn’s 2015-2016 Year of Discovery, three Penn undergraduate curatorial interns have been exploring the Penn Museum’s excavations at the site of Kourion on the island of Cyprus, where Museum archaeologists worked from 1934-1954. While doing the research to create a small exhibition, the three interns—Andrés De los Rios, a junior majoring in History and Classical Studies, Diane Panepresso, a senior majoring in Classical Studies, and Ashley Terry, also a senior, majoring in Anthropology—decided to delve a little deeper, making a few of their own discoveries along the way.


Registration Now Open   PHILADELPHIA, PA—Online registration for the Penn Museum’s popular “Anthropologists in the Making” summer camp is now open. This unique summer camp offers children ages 7 through 13 an engaging experience that ventures through time and across continents, all without leaving the Penn campus. “Anthropologists in the Making" runs eight themed one-week sessions from June 27–August 19, 2016. Each week takes campers through the museum’s international galleries, behind the scenes to meet conservators and archivists, and before interactive World Wonders performances. The week culminates in a Friday showcase of learning, encouraging campers to demonstrate all they’ve discovered through creative displays and presentations. Details about and registration for the popular camp can be found online: www.penn.museum/camp.


Penn Student Curator Explores the Human Side in Archival Exhibition The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia Penn Museum is world renowned for its extraordinary collections of art and artifacts—about a million pieces from around the world and throughout time. Part of what makes those collections so valuable is another kind of collection—the letters, photographs, detailed drawings, field notes, and diaries from the Penn Museum expeditions that reside in the Museum Archives.


Hashtags at the ready: #PennZooseum, #AnimalMuseum, #UArtsTakeover. From Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11, 2015, a team of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts students and their teachers are taking over the Penn Museum—the Museum’s @pennmuseum Instagram account, that is—and it promises to be a little wild out there.


November 2015—It all began with a passion for Korean cultural heritage, and the Korean Fighter Kite, the Bang’Pae Yon, in particular, by a determined group of enthusiasts, the Korean Kite Fliers Society.


Special thanks to Global Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter and the City of Philadelphia, and the many business and cultural leaders who helped to make this happen.


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