Confirmed: Anticancer Activity from Select Herbal Additives Found in Ancient Alcoholic Beverages
Penn Museum and Penn Medicine Research Collaboration Yields First Promising Evidence for Efficacy of Medicinal Compounds Once Employed by Our Ancestors
PHILADELPHIA, PA July 2010—New biomolecular archaeological evidence backed up by increasingly sophisticated scientific testing techniques are uncovering medicinal remedies discovered, tested, and sometimes lost, throughout millennia of human history—herbs, tree resins, and other organic materials dispensed by ancient fermented beverages like wine and beer. Did those ancient "remedies" work-and if so, is there something we can learn—or re-learn—from our ancestors to help sick people today?
Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands
Explores the Making of America's First Excavations in the Near East
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New Exhibition Opens with a "Turkish Delight!" Celebration
Sunday, September 26, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA June 2010—In the 1880s, before the first brick was laid for its own building, the University of Pennsylvania Museum organized America's first archaeological expedition to the ancient Near East—to Nippur, a promising but far-flung Mesopotamian site then within the vast Ottoman Empire, now located in Iraq to the south of Baghdad.
Historic Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibition from China
Makes Only East Coast Stop at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA November 2010—With graceful eyelashes, long flaxen hair and serene expression, the "Beauty of Xiaohe" seems to have just softly fallen to sleep—yet she last closed her eyes nearly 4,000 years ago. She was found in 2003, one of hundreds of spectacularly preserved mummies buried in the desert sands of the vast Tarim Basin, in the Far Western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. This "Beauty of Xiaohe" and more than 100 objects, 700 to 3,800 years old, travel for the first time ever to the East Coast, where Secrets of the Silk Road opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. After opening the exhibition in a modified form (without artifacts and mummies from China) on February 5, the full complement of artifacts goes on display for a limited time beginning Friday, February 18, at 1:00 pm (read latest announcement).
Penn Museum's Pay-What-You-Want Wednesday Music Series
The sounds of summer in West Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, just got sweeter. Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series offers city residents, commuters, and happy hour denizens an introduction to the music of the Silk Road. The Silk Road theme is offered to herald the coming of a new major exhibition from China, Secrets of the Silk Road, making its East Coast stop at the Penn Museum February 5, 2011 through June 5, 2011.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010—This year’s Summer Wonder series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will have children and their families hula dancing, listening to music spanning Brazil to the Middle East, joining a Roman gladiator’s journey, and traveling along the ancient Spice Route.
LIVE TAPING THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30 PM
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"American Indian Cultures of the 21st Century" Subject of Talk by John Sanchez
Philadelphia, PA Penn Museum —The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the host for an episode of Humanities On The Road, a new television initiative presented by Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Penn Museum was selected from more than 75 organizations from across Pennsylvania to present "American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century" featuring John Sanchez, Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State University, and a member of the Apache nation. The episode will be taped before a live audience on Thursday, June 3, 5:30 pm, in the Main Entrance foyer adjacent to the Museum's long-term exhibition Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Apache. PCN will broadcast the episode to 3.3 million households in the fall.
PHILADELPHIA, MAY 2010—Since March 2009, following months of research and planning, Penn Museum conservators and outside consultants have been engaged in a major conservation project of the Museum's "Tang Horses"-two world-renowned, monumental Chinese reliefs depicting two of six famous horses that belonged to the Chinese Emperor Taizong (AD 599-649), the true founder of the Tang Dynasty.
Robert K. Wittman, Undercover Agent and Founder, FBI Art Crime Team,
Offers Talk, First Philadelphia Book-signing of PRICELESS, Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 PM at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Author Signs Books by the Penn Museum's Famous Crystal Ball, Recovered in 1991
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010—The Wall Street Journal called him "a living legend." The London Times dubbed him "the most famous art detective in the world."
Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team and an undercover agent for two decades, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career with the publishing of his new memoir, PRICELESS: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. He speaks publicly about his adventures, and signs his book, co-authored with John Shiffman, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum Tuesday evening, June 8, at 6 pm. General admission tickets to the program are $10; $5 Penn Museum members; and free for Penn students. The program is co-sponsored by Penn Museum's Cultural Heritage Center. More information and pre-registration (suggested) is online: www.penn.museum/events-calendar/details/234.html.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has joined with the nearby Franklin Institute to offer area residents and Philadelphia visitors an unparalleled ancient Egyptian experience-at a double ticket discount price even a pharaoh like Cleopatra would appreciate!
From June 5, 2010 through January 2, 2011, The Franklin Institute hosts a major new exhibition from Egypt, Cleopatra: Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.
Penn Museum Offers Armchair Adventure
With Blog of Archaeological and Ethnobotanical Expedition to Africa
April 26, 2010--Dr. Kathleen Ryan, Consulting Scholar of the African Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is on her way to a new field season of the Laikipia Archaeological Project in North Central Kenya, and to her ethnobotanical project among the Maasai in southern Maasailand, close to Mount Kilimanjaroñ -with a team that will be photo-documenting and blogging about the experience:
Digging Kenya on the Laikipia Plateau: http://penn.museum/blog/kenya/
The research team, led by Dr. Ryan, includes Kenyan archaeologists Dr. Mulu Muia, Paul Watene, Simon Katisya, and Chris Kirwa, and archaeological mapping and surveying consultant Dr. William Fitts. They plan to excavate settlements from 2000 - 3000 BCE on the Laikipia Plateau in north central Kenya, overlooking the Rift Valley, as part of the ongoing Laikipia Archaeological Project.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's calendar.
PHILADELPHIA, PA SPRING 2010—They may not all be soft and cuddly—but the almost one million artifacts housed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have rich stories to tell about humankind, through time and across the continents. They also need regular care, in order to be preserved for future generations. That is why the Penn Museum recently began a new Adopt an Artifact program, inviting visitors of all ages to share in the care and “feeding” of its world-renowned collections.
"Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power"
April 9 through 11, 2010
MARCH 2010-"Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power" is the theme for the 28th annual Maya Weekend, taking place Friday, April 9th through Sunday, April 11th, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. More than a dozen scholars present illustrated talks and interactive workshops for the public, exploring the central role that women have played in the social, political, and cultural history of the Maya people from the Classic period (AD 250 to AD 900) to contemporary times.
PENN MUSEUM IS ONLY EAST COAST VENUE FOR MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION
Secrets of the Silk Road
February 5, 2011 through June 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA —Secrets of the Silk Road, a major new exhibition of international importance, concludes its three city US tour in 2011 with a stop at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—the only East Coast venue.
Organized by the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where it will be on display March 27, 2010 through July 25, 2010, this exhibition draws on the collections of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum and the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in Urumqi in northwest China.
Underwater Archaeologist George Bass Tells Story of 1,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Recovery and Conservation Efforts on Three Ton Collection of Medieval Glass at Penn Museum's Annual Petersen Lecture Friday, March 26, 7:00 PM
Bass to be Awarded Drexel Medal for Archaeological Achievement at Program
Penn Museum Invites the Public to Share Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Tuesday, March 23, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is in the initial phase of developing an exhibition about human sexuality—and looking for public feedback! With the whole wide world of human cultures to draw upon, what might a Human Sexuality exhibition look like?
Penn Museum Offers Series of Provocative Programs In Conjunction with Righteous Dopefiend Exhibition Now on View
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology complements its special exhibition Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America with a series of special programs in March, April, and May. The exhibition, on view in the Penn Museum's Merle-Smith Gallery East, will remain open after hours, 4:30 to 9:00 pm, prior to and after each program. All programs are pay-what-you-want.
Tuesday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Public Health and Law Enforcement: Reframing the Debate in Philadelphia
Round table discussion to re-examine the stalemate of the war on drugs. Can the traditional contradictions between zero laws and law enforcement, and public health needs and services, be mediated productively?
• Moderator: Jeffrey Drain - Associate Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
• Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Lt. Francis Healy - Special Advisor to the Police Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
• Dennis Culhane - Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
• Prison System Representative - City of Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
A Conversation on Urban Poverty in Philadelphia and the United States
Round table discussion with audience participation. Scholars of urban America, whose life work has been dedicated to a theoretical and practical understanding of US intercity poverty, ethnic segregation, and the history of drug use and violence, participate.
• Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Elijah Anderson - William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
• Eric Schneider - Assistant Dean and Associate Director for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
• Michael Katz - Water H. Annenberg Professor of History, Research Associate in the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, March 22, 6:00 pm
Play Reading: Corner Wars
"Corner Wars," a two act play, is the story of a day in the life of a group of young drug dealers working a street corner in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia playwright Timothy Dowlin, who studied theater at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, wrote the play, his literary debut, which was first produced at 47th Street Theatre in New York by Theater for a New Generation in 2003. The play was awarded Newsday's George Oppenheimer award. Director Omar Evans organizes the reading; Mr. Dowlin joins for a question and answer period following the reading.
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
Addiction and Recovery: Lessons from Philadelphia
Round table discussion with audience participation. A discussion among practitioners and survivors working on the front lines in Philadelphia and at the national level, finding solutions to problems of addiction, homelessness, and poverty.
• Moderator Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Marcella Maguire - Director of DBH (Department of Behavioral Health) Homeless Services at the City of Philadelphia
• Robert Fairbanks - Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Chicago, and author, How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia (2009, The University of Chicago Press)
• Tony Moses - Clinical Superviosr at Miracles in Progress II, North Philadelphia
• LeeRoy Jordan - Program Director, Ready, Willing & Able, Philadelphia
In Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg document the daily lives of homeless drug users, drawing upon more than a decade of fieldwork they conducted among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco's former industrial neighborhoods. About 40 black and white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape recorded conversations, fieldwork notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction. Revealing the social survival mechanisms and perspectives of this marginalized "community of addicted bodies," the exhibition also sheds light on the often unintended consequences of public policies that can exacerbate the suffering faced by street-based drug users in America.
The research for Righteous Dopefiend was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives is co-sponsor of this exhibition as a part of their 2009/2010 series, "Creative Action: The Arts in Public Health," and Penn's Arts and the City programming initiative.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2, and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, Penncard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4:00 pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.
Photograph, above, by Jeffrey Schonberg, in the exhibition Righteous Dopefiend.