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A Bird’s-Eye View

By: Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

AS ERIC HOBSON NOTES on page 14, when Percy C. Madeira set off on the “Central American Expedition of the University Museum” in 1930, his instinct that the bird’s-eye view offered by airplane travel would revolutionize field archaeology across remote locations was later proven correct; by 1932, airplane travel was established for scientific investigation around […]


From the Williams Director

Physical and Philosophical Transformation

By: Christopher Woods, Ph. D.

Dear Friends, In our last issue of Expedition, I took stock of the many changes which have occurred at the Penn Museum during my first year as Director: not only the challenges and innovations brought on by the pandemic, but also the development of a repatriation program beyond NAGRPA, expanding our long-standing commitment to ethical […]


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Rotating Displays

By: Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

Thanks to the advance collections planning of the curatorial, conservation, and exhibition teams, all galleries across the Museum’s Main Level now include displays of textiles and other organic materials that are updated at least annually.The rotations ensure that light-sensitive collections are protected from too-long exposure, but also allow visitors to see more of the Museum’s […]


From the Williams Director

Bridging Culture and Community

By: Christopher Woods

Dear Friends, At the Penn Museum, spring is in full bloom across our beautiful grounds, including the brand-new Harrison Garden.The gardens provide a perfect setting as we continue to welcome our community members—now including many school groups—back safely to visit us in-person. More personally,I recently passed the first anniversary of starting my role as Williams […]


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Beyond the Labs

By: Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

In September 2014, we opened the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), housed in a renovated and well-equipped suite of teaching labs, to train Penn students in archaeological science disciplines used in the field. As readers will see many times in this issue, students in CAAM are now applying research methods learned in […]


From the Williams Director

Connecting with Our Neighbors

By: Christopher Woods

Dear Friends, Last issue I shared with you the Penn Museum’s expanded commitment to community consultation and partnership as we create more accessible galleries and programs. By working hand in hand with our neighbors, we learn about our community and its history—and are better positioned to meet its needs. Working with partners including the Black […]


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A Snapshot in Time

By: Amanda Mitchell-Boyask

Our cover image offers a glimpse behind the scenes this past spring, as Bill Wierzbowski, Keeper, American Section, worked with Head of Preparations Ben Neiditz (not pictured) to install a new commission in Native American Voices by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell and Yéil Ya-Tseen exploring language loss and current efforts in the Tlingit language community (page […]


From the Williams Director

Community Partnerships

By: Christopher Woods

Dear Friends, By the time you read these thoughts, my family and I will have officially taken up residence in Philadelphia, where my younger son will start high school; we look forward to settling into a new home in such a vibrant city. For myself, I can’t wait to meet regularly in person with Museum […]


Surprise and Luck in a Roman Fresco Project

By: Charles K. Williams, II

ARCHAEOLOGY always has a certain element of surprise and luck connected to it, for it is unpredictable to divine what lies directly under the surface upon which one is standing. So it was in the 1980s east of the Roman theater in Corinth. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens decided to investigate the […]


An Unforgettable Smile

Remembering Lee Horne, GR88

By: Richard L. Zettler

LEE HORNE, Editor of Expedition 1990–1996, whose infectious smile and ready sense of humor lit up the Penn Museum for more than five decades, died peacefully at home on April 10, 2021. EE CLAFLIN (ELLIS) HORNE was born October 7, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ. She was the elder of the two children of Charles […]