ADVENTURES IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Exhibition at Penn Museum July 14th through September 23rd

27 JUNE 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Founded in 1887, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has conducted more than 400 field expeditions in its 120-year history, studying cultures, past and present, from every inhabited continent. To document their research and discoveries, the Museum’s scholars have employed a number of tools over the years—including cameras.

ADVENTURES IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is on view at Penn Museum from July 14 through September 23. Forty black-and-white photographs, selected from the tens of thousands of expedition images in Penn Museum’s extensive Archives, offer a kaleidoscopic view of some of the Museum’s many field projects. To round out the exhibition, a small selection of Penn Museum Photography Studio cameras, dating from 1911 to the 1960s, are on display, offering insight into the rapidly changing technology of expedition and artifact photography.

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River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte

Opens at Penn Museum Sunday, September 23, 2007

27 JUNE 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Rio Grande de Coclé in central Panama, subject to flooding during the region’s rainy season, has had a long history of shifting its course. In the early 1900s, stories began to circulate of children playing marbles with gold beads found in the great river. It wasn’t until the late 1920s, however, when large quantities of gold ornaments were discovered, that news of the phenomenon—a veritable “river of gold”—really began to spread. In 1940, a Penn Museum expedition excavated rich and remarkable evidence of a thriving, Precolumbian civilization that had inhabited the region more than a thousand years before.

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Richard Hodges Named Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

28 AUGUST 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Richard Hodges has been named the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Hodges joined Penn October 1 from his position as director of the Institute of World Archaeology at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

A world-leading classical and early medieval archaeologist specializing in western Europe, Hodges has been director of both The Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London and The British School in Rome. For the past nine years, he has worked extensively on archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Albania including the creation of a large cultural heritage institute in Tirana and a new archaeological museum in Butrint.

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RIVER OF GOLD Opening Afternoon Celebration at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

07 SEPTEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum with an afternoon public celebration, free with Museum admission donation, featuring music and dance of Panama, modern metal jewelry-making demonstrations, plus “golden” jewelry-making opportunities for children and their families. Curator Dr. Pamela Jardine, co-author, with Dr. Robert Sharer, of the book, River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, offers a talk, “Going for the Gold,” and a book signing, while Museum docents share insights and answer questions in the special exhibition.

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Celebrate Japan at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

12 SEPTEMBER 2009, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The many sounds, sights, tastes, arts and traditions of Japan come together on Saturday, 29 September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers Celebrate Japan!

Co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso), this spectacular, family-friendly event features the mesmerizing beats of Taiko drumming, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and an Aikido demonstration. The day also includes presentations on sushi preparation, flower arrangement, and calligraphy, Japanese anime (cartoons), a kimono display and dressing lecture, Japanese games, kabuki face painting, a display of traditional dolls—even a chance to experience Shiatsu massage and a Reiki healing treatment—and more! Celebrate Japan! is FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 general admission; $5 students and seniors; free for children under 6, Museum members and PENNcard holders).

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Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940 Opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940, a new exhibition of more than 50 archival photographs from Iran, complemented by a representative sampling of ancient artifacts, including painted pottery, alabaster and copper/bronze figurines from the archaeological excavations at the Bronze Age site Tepe Hissar, opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology October 2nd through December 9th, 2007.

In 1931, the University of Pennsylvania Museum launched the first American archaeological expedition to Iran, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to excavate at the Bronze Age site of Tepe Hissar. Erich F. Schmidt, a young German archaeologist trained at Columbia University, was chosen to lead the groundbreaking expedition, which yielded surprising new evidence of a sophisticated Bronze Age culture and society that dates to about 4500 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era), or 6,600 years ago.

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Unique Reception at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Welcomes International Students to the Delaware Valley

25 SEPTEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Last year, 1,100 guests from 107 countries, including Turkey, Anguilla, Myanmar, Maldives, Iran, Azerbaijan, Benin, Rwanda, China, Albania, India, Colombia, and Australia, met and mingled at the annual International Students Reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

International students, scholars and professionals new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend, in their ethnic best dress, if they wish, this year’s annual welcoming reception Friday, 12 October from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is held in the majestic Chinese Rotunda at Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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"Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun" Extended Indefinitely

Penn Museum's Popular New Exhibition, Developed to Complement the Blockbuster "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" Exhibition at The Franklin Institute, To Remain Open

02 OCTOBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PAAmarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun, the University of Pennsylvania Museum's popular new exhibition about the city of Amarna, Tutankhamun's childhood home, will remain open as a long-term exhibition, adding to the Museum's suite of ancient Egyptian galleries that offer the public a year-round opportunity to explore more than 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian culture, art, and history.

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Witches and Wizards Extravaganza!

Penn Museum Presents a Special Afternoon Program with “Fan”fare:

HARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM

Sunday, 11 November 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Hold on to your hats (wizard hats, that is)!

06 OCTOBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Sunday, 11 November 2007, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opens at 12:30 p.m.—half an hour early—to fit in all the magic, as the Museum presents HARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM. Designed for Harry Potter aficionados and novices of all ages, the afternoon, free with Museum admission donation, includes a potions class, a sorting hat, lectures by Hogwarts (and University of Pennsylvania) professors, a game of Wizard Chess with real people, Diagon Alley and Ollivander’s wand making shop, a tour of magical muggle objects on display in the Museum, grand finale concert appearances by “The Moaning Myrtles” and “The Whomping Willows”—and in between, much more.

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Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day

29 NOVEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day, a traveling exhibition of 60 black and white photographs taken by professional photographer Greg Mac Gregor while he retraced Lewis and Clark’s legendary journey, opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 15 December 2007 through 10 February 2008.

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with a small brigade, to explore the land obtained by the Louisiana Purchase and to find a passageway to the Pacific Ocean. Referred to as the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark’s unprecedented overland expedition across North America and back pioneered the western exploration and expansion of the United States.

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500,000 Visitors See Penn Museum Mesopotamian Collection on Loan in China

29 NOVEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—In September 2006, Penn Museum sent out a major, two-year loan of Mesopotamian artifacts--complete with a catalog written by Dr. Richard Zettler, Associate Curator of the Mesopotamian section--to the Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China, to be a part of their long-awaited, long-term exhibition, “The Great Civilizations.” Artifacts from Penn Museum's exceptional Mesopotamian section collection constitutes the entire Mesopotamian section of "The Great Civilizations" exhibition.

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Surviving: The Body of Evidence Opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

New National Science Foundation Funded Traveling Exhibition Focuses on the Process of Human Evolution and Its Outcomes

04 DECEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PASurviving: The Body of Evidence, a new, interactive exhibition that explores the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans, opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia 19 April 2008 through 03 May 2009, before beginning a multi-city, national tour. The innovative exhibition, three years in the planning, is made possible in large part by a nearly two million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from individual, corporate, and foundation donors.

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Penn Museum Welcomes the Year of the Rat at the 27th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

19 DECEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—If you’re a rat, this is your year! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology celebrates the Year of the Rat, Saturday, 26 January 2008, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with its 27th annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Music and dance performances, food and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, arts, crafts, children's activities and much more - topped off with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance grand finale - are all part of the spectacular day-long celebration, FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 general admission; $5 students and seniors; free for children under 6, Museum members and PENNcard holders).

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University of Pennsylvania Museum Offers Second Annual Free Darwin Day and Evolution Teach-in

Museum Part of International “Darwin Day” Birthday Celebration Activities Leading Up to 200th Anniversary of the Evolution Theorist’s Birth in 2009

09 FEBRUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Sunday, 10 February 2008, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers it’s second annual Darwin Day and Evolution Teach In, a free event held in honor of the 199th birthday of Charles Robert Darwin, the world-renowned author of On the Origin of Species—and the originator of the modern theory of evolution.

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19th Annual Celebration of African Cultures Offers Music Dance, Storytelling, Talks, Games, and More

18 JANUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, storytelling,arts and crafts, timely talks, culture and cuisine—it all comes together at the 19th annual Celebration of African Cultures Saturday, 16 February from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The event, an annual extravaganza, is FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 for adults; $5 students and senior citizens; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PENNcard holders).

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Women's Committee Presents $100,000 Check to University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

22 JANUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—It was certainly hefty! On Friday, 18 January 2008, Penn Museum's all-volunteer Women's Committee presented a giant-sized check for $100,000 to Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges at their monthly meeting, in support of the Museum’s educational and outreach programs. Women’s Committee Chair is Marguerite Goff.

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Counterpoint: Anthropology and Photography in New Guinea

06 FEBRUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Austin Supers vivid color photographs feature Papua New Guinea natives as the subjects in Counterpoint: Anthropology and Photography in New Guinea. Accompanying written commentary by anthropologist Stuart Kirsch offers insights into the island’s many cultures and invites the viewer to consider how what is photographed tells us something about our own search for the “exotic.” Counterpoint opens Saturday, February 23 and runs through August 11, 2008 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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19th Annual Beer Dinner and Tasting, Michael Jackson: The Man and His Legacy

18 FEBRUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The 19th annual Beer Dinner and Beer Tastings at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology pay tribute to Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter®, who passed away in August 2007. Mr. Jackson, an internationally-renowned beer expert who is credited with fuelling the craft beer movement, presided over Penn Museum’s annual Beer Dinner and Tasting for almost 20 years. This year, Penn Museum honors Mr. Jackson’s life and work with a Gala Tribute and Tasting Friday, March 14th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and the day-long Beer Tastings, Saturday, March 15th, 1:00, 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

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HELLO INDIA!

03 MARCH 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The art and culture, “Bollywood” films, diverse spiritual practices, and spicy foods of India are captivating the interests and palates of a rapidly growing international audience. India, in all its complexity and diversity, is the focus of a day-long celebration Saturday, 29 March 2008 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology presents Hello India! The special day features traditional music and dance presentations and workshops, theater, foods, yoga, history and cultural talks, films, craft activities, games and more. Hello India! is FREE with Penn Museum admission donation ($8 general admission; $5 students and seniors; free for children under 6, Penn Museum members and PENNcard holders).

Hello India! is co-sponsored by the Consulate of India in New York, University of Pennsylvania’s South Asia Center and South Asian Society; the Wharton India Club; Camden County College; the Bharatiya Cultural Center of Montgomeryville, Pa; and the Indian Association of South Jersey.

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Penn Museum’s 26th ANNUAL MAYA WEEKEND Focuses on “The Future of the Maya World”

13 MARCH 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The preservation of ancient Maya sites, efforts to sustain modern Maya cultural traditions, and the need to conserve vanishing tropical forests and coastal environments—all are on the agenda 11-13 April 2008, when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collaborates with the Nature Conservancy to present its 26th annual Maya Weekend. This year’s theme: “The Future of the Maya World.”

Highlight speakers for this year’s event, which annually brings together hundreds of Maya enthusiasts, include keynote speaker Marie Claire Paiz, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Southern Mexico Program, and Maya banquet speaker Robert K. Whitman, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Senior Investigator for the National Arts Crime Team.

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