Volume 43 / Issue 1


Issue Cover

On the cover: Outer harbor at Sinop, Turkey, on the Black Sea. See Black Sea Coastal Cultures: Trade and Interaction
Photo credit: Fredrik T. Hiebert

Researching the Origins of Swahili Coast Inhabitants

By: Janet Monge

The end of the 10th century marked many changes in the way ar­chaeological and physical anthropological research is conducted. Most importantly, this is reflected in the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the research process, and incorporating their insights, borne of their knowledge of local traditions. In the United States, this change was formalized in the […]

World Photography on the Worldwide Web

From the Archives

By: Alex Pezzati

The photographic collections of the University of Pennsylvania Mu­seum Archives consist of approximately 300,00o items: glass and film negatives, paper-based prints, lantern slides, motion picture films, stereographs, and transparencies, which have been gradually acquired from the time of the Museum’s foundation in 1887. The collections comprise field documenta­tion of expeditions throughout the world, photographs produced […]

Found! A Pair of Doves–and More…

What in the World?

In 1999, James Cahill, a leading international authority on Chinese painting, descended into the storerooms of the University of Pennsyl­vania Museum’s Asian Section to view the painting collection. As he writes in a recent article in Orientations Magazine, he did not have high hopes, “in the face of reports of earlier visits by specialists in […]

Museum Mosaic – Spring 2001

People, Places, Projects

Dr. Gerald Margolis The University of Pennsylvania Museum wel­comes a senior administrator who started at the Museum on February 28, 2001. Dr. Gerald Margolis has been appointed as the Museum’s new Deputy Director of Operations. Bringing a wealth of experience in museum adminis­tration, Dr. Gerald Margolis served as the Director of Develop­ment of Philadelphia’s Anti-Defamation League […]

From the Director

Museum Exterior

By: Jeremy A. Sabloff

In February 15, 2001, the Museum publicity launched its $55 million The 21st Century Campaign: Preserving the Past, Endowing the Future, at a reception attended by University President Judith Rodin, members of both the University’s Board of Trustees and the Museum’s Board of Overseers, curators, staff and numerous friends. The Museum announced the largest gift in […]

Forest Hunters of Eurasia

By: Alexander Emel'yanov

The forest zone of central Eurasia is a territory of continental climates (cold winters and warm summers), with dense temperate forests punctuated by grasslands and many rivers and lakes. The rich natural resources allowed early srd and 2nd millennium BC populations to base their economies on foraging-hunting, fishing, and gathering-while participating in economic relationships with […]

Early Herders of the Eurasian Steppe

By: Natalia Shishlina

In the broad treeless steppe of Kalmykia, situated almost directly between the Black and Caspian seas, stands a huge burial mound like a great gray rock in a sea of steppe grass (Fig. 1). A field of smaller mounds extends around the giant mound, providing the name of the site, Zunda-Tolga, which means “with one hundred […]

Black Sea Coastal Cultures

Trade and Interaction

By: Fredrik T. Hiebert

Trade and Maritime Space The study of ancient trade has greatly enhanced our understanding of the de­velopment of civilizations. In some cases long-distance trade has been proposed as the critical element in fostering the emergence of early states and other polities. For the most part, trade has been investigated within the Limits of the territory […]

Eurasian Archaeology

By: Fredrik T. Hiebert

This issue of Expedition highlights recent research in three distinctly different en­vironments of Eurasia: the Black Sea coastal region, the treeless steppe region of Kalmykia north of the Black Sea in southern Russia, and the forest zone of Russia still further north. In­creased access to research areas in the former Soviet block, new access to […]

Precolumbian Fish Farming in the Amazon

Research Notes

By: Clark L. Erickson

Popular images associated with the Amazon today include the towering continuous green forest canopy, Day-Glo poison dart frogs, and native faces painted red. These potent images have been used to raise funds for conservation, educate the public in “green” politics, and promote, ecotourism. Two themes have long dominated the popular and scientific literature on the […]