University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The collections of the American Section are the largest of the Penn Museum, numbering approximately 300,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens. They span the continents of North and South America from Alaska to Argentina, and documenthuman habitation and history from the ancient past to the present day. More than half the specimens are archaeological in nature, and most were acquired on more than 100 archaeological and ethnographic collecting expeditions initiated by Museum and University faculty and staff as early as 1895.

The collections hold objects of everyday life, such as weapons and tools, hunting and fishing equipment, boats, clothing, medicines, raw materials, musical instruments, ornaments, toys and games, household utensils, and ceremonial items. In addition to objects acquired through research, many items came to the Section through donations, which continue today. We actively collect North America items as opportunities arise. The most varied components of our American holdings are the North American ethnographic collections, approximately 40,000 specimens attributed to 200 tribes and organized by geographic region: Arctic, Sub-Arctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, California, Great Basin, Southwest, Great Plains, Southeast, and Northeast. The strongest collections are those systematically created via study and expedition in Alaska, the Northwest Coast, Southwest, Southeast, and Sub- arctic regions.


1 - 23 of 23 Records

Headdress

SA771

SA771

Finger Mask

NA3882

NA3882

This object is on display

Lacrosse Stick

53-1-17

53-1-17

This object is on display


Effigy Vessel

39-20-9

39-20-9

This object is on display

Stela

L-16-382

L-16-382

This object is on display

Vase

38-14-1

38-14-1



Plaque

40-13-11

40-13-11

Blouse

42-35-190

42-35-190

Pot

SA1835

SA1835



Rug

39-8-33

39-8-33

House Post

31-29-13

31-29-13

War Shirt

38251A

38251A



Tunghak Mask

NA11783

NA11783

Finger Mask

NA3881A

NA3881A

This object is on display

Powder Charger

NA3881B

NA3881B

This object is on display


Clovis Projectile Point

36-19-3

36-19-3

This object is on display

Folsom Point

36-19-16

36-19-16

This object is on display

Clovis Projectile Point

36-19-2

36-19-2

This object is on display


Effigy Vessel

SA4627

SA4627

Bowl (uncertain)

SA4681

SA4681

Seed Jar

29-77-703

29-77-703



Folsom Point

36-19-26

36-19-26

Basket

NA7871

NA7871

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