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Archaeology in Lebanon – Digging between Politics and Practicalities – Marshall Schurtz

View of Byblos, Excavated out in 2015

By: Sarah Linn

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. Archaeology in Lebanon […]

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Trekking in Transoxiana: My Journey to Central Asia and Beyond – Kyle Olson

Togolok-21, a fortified BMAC site in Turkmenistan (Photo Credit: Google Image Search, www.andrewlawler.com).

By: Anne Tiballi

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. 1 August 2015 […]

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Start Somewhere – Janelle Sadarananda

My trusty notebook and me in the field at Eleon (photo by Max MacDonald).

By: Anne Tiballi

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. 2 July 2015 […]

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An ancient eye for design: Bronze Age ceramics from Lapithos, Cyprus

Detail of the incised face and surrounding decoration.

By: Sara Levin

Prehistoric potters from Cyprus had a keen eye for design. Concentric circles, diamonds, and zig-zag patterns make some of the tiniest vessels come alive. I am Sara Levin, Kress Fellow in conservation, performing a condition survey of artifacts from Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba. This site in the north of the country is home to Bronze and Iron […]

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