University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

How Do We Know? An Afternoon of Learning and Fun in the Penn Museum

Sunday 18 March 2018
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Penn Museum

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How do we know what we know? Penn Museum asks that deceptively simple question—and invites guests of all ages to explore answers via hands-on science and archaeology activities, short gallery talks by curators, a scavenger hunt, and more.

This free program (the Museum is free all day!) is the kickoff event to the five-day multi-disciplinary University of Pennsylvania Teach-In on the Production, Dissemination, and Use of Knowledge, organized by Penn's Faculty Senate.

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Free Admission.

An Afternoon of Inquiry at the Penn Museum
Gallery talks and tactile activities for all ages are part of the afternoon, set throughout the galleries of the Museum, and featuring the research and researchers of the Museum's Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM).

Building on Knowledge
Scientists examine, experiment, test their hypotheses and eventually build upon the knowledge they gain. Guests can strengthen their newfound knowledge from the day when they take a museum-wide scavenger hunt of discovery - with prizes!


Ongoing Activities 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Archaeological Science in Pepper Hall
  • Study ceramics under the microscope
  • Study ancient plants under the microscope
  • Explore new ways of experiencing ancient objects with a 3D scanner
  • Investigate how ores are transformed into metal objects
  • Understand more about ancient food through animal bones
  • "Can Trees be Calendars?"
Experimental Archaeology in the Mosaic Gallery
  • Matching Game: Modern/Ancient Objects
  • Iron-age loom: Try a hands-on weaving/textile experience
  • Write on a cuneiform tablet
Cartifacts Touchable replica objects in Egypt, Mesoamerica, and Rome Galleries
Museum-wide Scavenger Hunt Apply what you've learned through collections in the galleries

Pop-Up Curator Talks in the Galleries

1:15 and 2:00 pm Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America
1:30 and 2:15 pm Native American Voices: The People, Here and Now
1:45 and 2:30 pm Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq
3:00 - 3:30 pm Meet the Conservators at The Artifact Lab Open Window

More about the University of Pennsylvania Teach-In

The first university-wide program of this type in half-a-century, the Teach-In-open to students, faculty and the community-comes at a time when journalism is being battered over claims of "fake news," academics are increasingly under fire for "biased" research, and social media disrupters make it hard to know where information comes from and what to believe. The Teach-In runs from Sunday, March 18 through Thursday, March 22. A full schedule of events is online:

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