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Traces of Culture in Traces of Paint

By: Margaret Bruchac

This object analysis was conducted for the Fall 2017 University of Pennsylvania course “Anthropology of Museums.” Students are examining Native American objects in the American Section of the Penn Museum by combining material analysis (elements, construction, design, condition, etc.) with documentation (texts, photographs, ethnographic data, etc.). Since some objects have minimal provenance data, we seek out similar materials, […]

Encounters in the Cathedral: Revisiting the 1676 Huron-Wendat Wampum Belt at Chartres, France

By: Margaret Bruchac

Every year the Penn Museum provides support to Penn undergraduates and graduate students as they deepen their understanding of the human experience outside the Museum’s walls. Follow these blog posts from our intrepid young scholars as they report on the sights and sites that they encounter throughout their travels in the field. Report from the field […]

Sacred Spaces of Rome – Timothy Warnock

By: Anne Tiballi

One can read books and look at site plans all day, but until one gets up-close and personal with the objects and spaces they study, it is hard to truly appreciate the complexity, size, and environment of the subject at hand. With funding from the Penn Museum, I was able to attend the Classical Summer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Catfish, Waffles, and Coffee: Historic Food in Philadelphia

Catfish Neurocranium

By: Julianna Whalen

In addition to being back-to-school time, August is National Catfish Month. Catfish might not be a part of your daily life, but the fish once played an important role in the lives of Philadelphians. In a way, it’s like cheesesteak is today; when tourists came to Philadelphia in the 19th century, they would ask their […]

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