Volume 42 / Issue 2


Issue Cover

On the cover: Red-quartzite figure of pharaoh Senwosret III from his mortuary temple at South Abydos; see A Hundred Years at South Abydos.
Photo credit: Josef Wegner

A Tree Falls in Philadelphia

Research Notes

By: James R. Mathieu

The plunging of a silver shovel into the dirt on April 14, 2000, marked the official groundbreaking for the construction of the Museum’s Mainwaring Wing. But the wielding of a bronze axe a month earlier marked an unofficial start of sorts. A line of gingko trees that stood in the way of the new wing […]

What Is This Statue Doing Up In the Air?

What in the World

By: Irene Bald Romano

The marble statue of a seated Dionysos with a Lion (MS 5483) has been a familiar landmark in the center of the Museum’s Roman Gallery for many years (see back cover). As we embark on an exciting new program which will culminate in the opening of three new exhibitions—”The Roman World,” “The Etruscan World,” and […]

From the Director

By: Jeremy A. Sabloff

This issue of Expedition highlights one of the most renowned strengths of the University of Pennsylvania Museum: our ar­chaeological and anthropological field research and laboratory analy­ses. While most of the readers of this magazine are certainly aware of the general importance of the Museum’s work, some may not be aware of its breadth and significance. […]

Museum Mosaic – Summer 2000

People, Places, Projects

The University of Pennsylvania Museum awarded two honors in April 2000 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology which took place in Philadelphia. Robert McC. Adams, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the UPM’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for archaeological achievement. Dr. Adams is best known for his […]

Opening Windows on the Outside World

My Experiences as an International Classroom Speaker

By: Jing Sun

I came to the United States in February 1998 as a visiting scholar to do research on teaching English to minority students in China. This was my first time here and almost everything was new to me. Before coming to the US, I had read books about American culture; however, it did not come alive in […]

Mapping Petra

By: Paul Zimmerman

In 1993 Martha Joukowsky opened a new exca­vation at the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southwest Jordan (see box on Petra, p. 30. Jou­kowsky, Professor of the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art and the Department of An­thropology at Brown University, is the author of the definitive guide to field archaeology, and her […]

The City of Petra

By: Paul Zimmerman

Petra, one of the great cities of antiquity, Is nestled in the rugged Shan’ mountains of southern Jordan, halfway between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Though Ion to Western scholars for centuries prior to its rediscovery in 1812, Petra and its surrounding region have a long and rich history that spans the Stone Age […]

Paradise Found

Petra's Urban Oasis

By: Leigh-Ann Bedal

The ruins of the ancient city of Petra Crock” in Greek) lie in the mountains that form the eastern border of the Wadi ‘Arabia, marking the boundary between Palestine and Transjordan (Fig. Ib). For three centuries (ca. 168 BCE-106 CE), Petra was the capital of the Nabataean king­dom that prospered from its location at the […]

A Masterpiece in Clay

A Han House Model Reflects Traditional Chinese Life

By: Jennifer L. White

For over twenty years a clay model of a three-story structure has stood with little notice among green-glazed ceramic tombwares in a case in the Chinese Rotunda of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Its label simply states, “Model of a two [sic] -story house. The detail and size make it probable that it is from […]

A Hundred Years at South Abydos

Reconstructing the Temple of Pharaoh Senwosret III

By: Josef Wegner

Discovery and Rediscovery of a Royal Mortuary Temple Late in 1899 a young British archaeologist, David Randall-Maclver, was exploring the desert at Abydos in southern Egypt and he noticed a block of dressed limestone protruding from the sand. Randall-Maclver had come to Egypt to study skeletal remains with the famous excavator W.M. Flinders Petrie. Randall-Maclver […]