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Patients and Caregivers Enjoy Shared Evening with an Ancient Egypt Theme In August 2016, the Penn Museum collaborated with the Penn Memory Center (PMC) on a special edition of the Center’s celebrated series of “Memory Cafes.” The pilot program was met with enthusiasm by both the patients with memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers and families.

What are these six dentists doing in the human skeletal collection at the Penn Museum?

To mark the celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21, visitors to the Penn Museum were invited to fold origami “Peace Cranes.” Guests of all ages spent time transforming squares of colored paper into symbols of peace and tranquility. The Penn Museum’s participation in this Peace Day Philly program gave guests an opportunity to create something beautiful, and pause for a short while to consider the ideal of a world at peace.

Sign Up Today! Attention Scout groups! Church groups! Latin American culture clubs! Families! Spanish language classes and clubs! Neighborhood groups, too! Penn Museum, the Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia and the Consulate of Mexico, are preparing for the 5th annual Day of the Dead, a culturally rich remembrance of those who have gone before, and a joyous celebration of life.

Award to be Presented at Sold-Out Philomathean Society Lecture PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2016—Jane Goodall, Ph.D, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and a world-renowned conservationist, will receive the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Wilton Krogman Award for Distinguished Achievement in Biological Anthropology when she visits the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The award will be presented at the sold-out 2016 Philomathean Society Annual Oration, in the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium.

Undergraduate Michael Freeman’s Penn education thus far has been nothing short of magical. Now a junior majoring in Classical Studies, Michael came to Penn from the tiny town of Walton, New York. A self proclaimed member of the Harry Potter generation, he was long enchanted by magic—but it wasn’t until the end of his freshman year that a course on ancient magic, taught by Classics Professor Peter Struck, really drew him in.

Twelve midshipmen of the University of Pennsylvania NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps), seniors from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University, came to the Penn Museum early Monday morning for an intensive tour. Their guide, through galleries featuring ancient history and archaeology of Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Rome, and Anatolia (via The Golden Age of King Midas special exhibition) was Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean Section, Midas exhibition curator, and former President of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The Golden Age of King Midas opened to the public—with long lines at the admission desks—Saturday, February 13. The special exhibition, featuring treasures from ancient Turkey, looks at the world of the historical King Midas who lived in the prosperous city of Gordion—where Penn Museum archaeologists have been working, and making discoveries, since 1950. Dr. C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University, Penn Museum’s Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and the Archaeological Project Director at Gordion, is the exhibition’s Curator. To develop such a major international exhibition, Dr. Rose saw an opportunity to provide a strong educational experience—and solicit help—if he invited Penn graduate students to join him in the extensive research and early planning phases of the Midas show. A group of 13 Penn graduate students took on the challenge and in the spring of 2013, signed up for the Gordion Curatorial Seminar. Offered through the department of Art and Archaeology in the Mediterranean World (AAMW), the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental seminar drew students from the graduate groups in Art History, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, Historic Preservation, and Fine Arts.

Is that a bird? A plane? Is that ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing on the tail of that rocking private 747 jet decked out for Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour? As a scholar of the ancient Maya, and a renowned expert in Maya hieroglyphs, Dr. Simon Martin, Penn Museum’s Associate Curator of the American Section, doesn’t usually get involved with contemporary culture—yet alone heavy metal rock music. So he was a bit surprised when the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden contacted him. The band was developing artwork for its newest album, The Book of Souls, with an ancient Maya inspired theme, and they wanted a Maya scholar to translate the song titles into authentic ancient Mayan hieroglyphs.

For Penn’s 2015-2016 Year of Discovery, three Penn undergraduate curatorial interns have been exploring the Penn Museum’s excavations at the site of Kourion on the island of Cyprus, where Museum archaeologists worked from 1934-1954. While doing the research to create a small exhibition, the three interns—Andrés De los Rios, a junior majoring in History and Classical Studies, Diane Panepresso, a senior majoring in Classical Studies, and Ashley Terry, also a senior, majoring in Anthropology—decided to delve a little deeper, making a few of their own discoveries along the way.

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