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The Hypocaust that Never Was, or, the Case of the Missing Floor- Jane Sancinito

By: Anne Tiballi

This summer I traveled to Transylvania, Romania, to break ground on what is believed to be the central building of a Roman-era villa complex. The site is just outside a small village about a half an hour outside of Deva, the regional capital, and sits at the foot of a majestic volcanic plug, Magura Uroiului. […]

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Colonial DNA at Our Finger- (and Toe-) Tips – By Raquel Fleskes

By: Anne Tiballi

In the middle of the sticky mid-June heat, I arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee, with six skeletal samples, a car full of chemical reagents, and the mindset to learn how to do ancient DNA extraction. With help from the Penn Museum, I was able to travel to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to work with […]

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Seven Days of Senwosret – Lisa Saladino Haney

By: Anne Tiballi

With support from the Penn Museum, I was able to further the research I began in 2014 on the statuary of the pharaoh Senwosret III and his son Amenemhet III. This July, I traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore to view a series of statues and […]

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Entre Brechitas y Carreteras : The Possibilities of Museum-led Maya Language Education in the Yucatan Peninsula – Frances Kvietok

By: Anne Tiballi

As kids arrive to the Museo de la Guerra de Castas (Caste War Museum) located in Tihosuco, Mexico, they are greeted by Bety and Antonia, two of the museum’s cultural promoters, and myself in Yucatec Maya. ‘Ma’alob k’iin’ (Good day!), ‘Bishabel?’ (How are you?). Some children reply with a shy smile, some respond in Maya […]

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Sunset over Gordion – Braden Cordivari

By: Anne Tiballi

My favorite time of day at Gordion is from the late afternoon into the early evening, between 5:30 and 8 pm or so, when the sun is just starting to set and the whole valley begins to cool down. Everything is lit with a soft raking light, and if you’re lucky enough to be out […]

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Indigenous Literacies in Multilingual Times – Aldo Anzures Tapia

By: Anne Tiballi

Maya is an Indigenous language with relatively high vitality in Mexico. Yet, recent language studies have noted that many native Maya speakers are shifting rapidly to Spanish. The University of Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center has established a partnership with the Caste War Museum in Tihosuco (a Maya community in Quintana Roo, Mexico) in order to explore this shift. This partnership, […]

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Contemplating the Void: Peopling the Past in Living History Museums – Lise Puyo

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 […]

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Digging Deeper at Gordion

By: Tom Stanley

When it comes to the Citadel Mound at Gordion—the primary focus of the Gordion Archaeological Project’s work this year—one thing is quite clear, even to a newcomer such as myself: this is a very large site. As I mentioned before, it measures 450 x 300 meters, which equals roughly the size of 19 American football […]

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Ankara and Gordion: First Days on the Ground

By: Tom Stanley

I boarded a plane at the Philadelphia International Airport last Tuesday at around 10:30 am. Two layovers and 20 sleepless hours later, I landed at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey, at roughly 1:30 pm local time. I found my checked bag, exchanged some US currency for Turkish Lira, and got myself a yellow cab at […]

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Siamese Manuscripts Found at the Penn Museum – Part 1

By: Stephen Lang

The Asian Section is happy to feature a guest post by Justin McDaniel, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Undergraduate Studies and Susanne Kerekes, Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Penn. The Penn Museum has recently had some of their manuscripts digitized and cataloged as part of a larger project to digitize all the […]

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