Penn Museum's research includes a focus on
the application of modern scientific techniques that will aid the
interpretation of archaeological contexts and the materials recovered
from those contexts, during both current excavations and past ones.
Such materials' analysis often leads to a better understanding of
ancient technologies, and the way in which changes in those technologies
were effected by, or had an influence upon, the pace of development
of past cultures.
The study of ancient metal tools, jewelry, and weaponry, as a means
of following the path of early industrial revolutions, and to some
extent the growth of wealth among emerging civilizations.
ANALYSIS: The study of ancient animal bones, as a means of assessing
diet, herding and culling practices, and the course of domestication.
• ORGANICS ANALYSIS: The study of food and drink residues in ancient
vessels, both domestic and trade.
• PALEOETHNOBOTANY: The study of ancient
plant remains, as a means of tracking human impact upon the past
environment, and the course of crop domestication.
• POTTERY STUDIES: The study of
ancient pottery vessels, as an indicator of cultural contacts between
• *SITEMAP* SURVEYING: The description of a site's structure
as it changed with time, and the placement of that site within its
broad regional context.