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Welcome to the Penn Museum blog. First launched in January 2009, the Museum blog now has over 800 posts covering a range of topics in the categories of Museum, Collection, Exhibitions, Research, and By Location. Here you’ll hear directly from our staff and Penn students about their work, research, experiences, and discoveries. To explore the Museum's other digital content, visit The Digital Penn Museum.


Fieldwork in Vacationland – Megan Postemski

By: Anne Tiballi

This summer I conducted a survey of a frontier farmstead site in Deer Isle, Maine. When I tell people I do archaeology in Maine, they frequently ask a range of questions from “do you get to sail on a yacht?” to “have you seen a moose?” The answer to both remains (unfortunately) no. Despite the […]

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It’s More Than Just Plants and Paper – by Antonia Love

By: Stephanie Mach

Submitted by: Antonia Love, Summer 2017 Intern When I received a Penn Museum summer internship, I was ecstatic to be back at the Museum. I had interned in the Archives last summer and had just been accepted to come back, this time to work on a CAAM/ISEAA project. I had a vague idea of what the […]

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The Unwritten Site and The Unplanned Trip – Chris Bloomer

By: Anne Tiballi

For over a month this summer, I lived halfway across the world on a small island in the Aegean Sea. I woke up early and drove to the airport. I’m a Classical History major at the University of Pennsylvania and have always loved the intangible histories of Greece and Rome that make you think like […]

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Stepping Out of the Lab and into History – Raquel Fleskes

By: Anne Tiballi

As an anthropological geneticist, my comfort zone very much involves being in a laboratory. There, in the quiet, I extract, amplify, and sequence DNA samples to look at kinship and ancestry in populations. The work could be seen as monotonous looking in from the outside, but in the repetition of my research I find both […]

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Adventures in Kampsville – Marisa Reeves

By: Anne Tiballi

With the huge support from the Penn Museum Student Field Fund and the Women in Archeology scholarship through the Center for American Archeology, I went on what I can only characterize as my first adventure. Never have I ventured this far away from home, alone. I went on my first solo flight and arrived, a […]

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Bathing and Warring Romans – Emily French

By: Anne Tiballi

As a PhD student in the Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW) program at Penn, I have the good fortune of getting to travel to the Mediterranean every summer to undertake fieldwork. This year I was lucky to be supported by the Penn Museum while I spent two months doing fieldwork in Italy […]

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Architectural Adventures in Roman Gaul – John Sigmier

By: Anne Tiballi

One of the biggest perks of studying Roman archaeology is the fieldwork—there are certainly worse places to spend a summer than the sunny Mediterranean. This past May, I was able to do research in the South of France, a region which boasts some incredibly well-preserved examples of Roman architecture. My focus was on theater buildings, […]

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Approaching Cultural Heritage through Digital Anthropology at the Penn CHC — By Jacob J. Demree

By: Stephanie Mach

Submitted by: Jacob J. Demree, Summer 2017 Intern This summer, I interned with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center (Penn CHC) and others at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Smithsonian Institution, and other academic organizations, working to compile a comprehensive, qualitative, dataset of cultural repositories around the world. Under a grant […]

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European Archaeology as Anthropology, edited by Pam J. Crabtree and Peter Bogucki

By: Page Selinsky

European Archaeology as Anthropology Essays in Memory of Bernard Wailes An edited book in honor of a living scholar is a common type of publication. There is even a fancy German word for it, a Festschrift. This book is a memorial volume, which also has its own special term, a Gedenkschrift. The chapters in this […]

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Medical Residents Explore Implicit Bias at the Penn Museum

By: Pam Kosty

Fresh Eyes in the Galleries  It was 8:00 am on a Thursday morning in July, early for most Museum staff, but the special visitors from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania—seven medical residents and a program director—appeared wide awake and ready to engage. The residents had agreed to participate in a pilot program at […]

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