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Archives Photo of the Week: Halloween

November 1, 2013

Scarecrow with cow’s skull
Penn Museum Image #83373

Halloween was yesterday and the Penn Museum Archives wanted to leave you with one last treat for the holiday. One of the spookiest images in our collection, this photo is of a cow’s skull mounted on a stick to act as a scarecrow in Damghan, Iran. Damghan is near the site Tepe Hissar, where the Penn Museum excavated from 1931-1932. The excavation was under the direction of Erich Schmidt (no relation to the Google founder) who had dug throughout Iraq and Iran during that time period.

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