University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Volume 49 / Issue 3 (2007)


Issue Cover

Special Feature: Native America

On the Cover: Isabel Gonzales's great niece and nephew dance the "Buffalo" at the annual Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Fair at Jeméz Monument, 2004. This event was photgraphed by Isabel's family and printed with permission from Isabel Gonzales and her family.


Building Bridges with “Native Voices”: Reflections on the REU-NSF Program, 2005-2007

Class Notes

By: Abigail Seldin and Herbert Poepoe and Namibaa Beck and Sonya Ashley

In 2003 the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Jeremy A. Sabloff, then Williams Director of the Penn Museum, and Janet M. Monge, Keeper of the Museum’s Physical Anthropology Section, a three-year grant to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled “Native Voices.” The primary goal of “Native Voices” was to involve visiting Native […]


C. Brian Rose: Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section

Meet the Curators

By: Deborah I. Olszewski

The spark that led to a career in the archaeology of the Mediterranean world for C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Museum’s Mediterranean Section, was his participation on excavations in Italy in 1973 as a high school exchange student in the American Field Service program. The following year he became an undergraduate at Haverford College, where […]


My First Encounter with Philadelphia

From the Director

By: Richard Hodges

Philadelphia and the Penn Museum have long held a special place in my heart. In 1980, renowned British archaeologist Colin Renfrew organized a special plenary session at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Philadelphia. I was one of eighteen young British (and Danish) university lecturers who formed part of his entourage. Our instructions were precise—we were each […]


WaHa-belash adi Kwan tsáawä / Butterflies and Blue Rain

The Language of Contemporary Eastern Pueblo Embroidery

By: Lucy Fowler Williams and Isabel C. Gonzales and Shawn Tafoya

Pueblo people of the American Southwest say that as long as there is Pueblo religion there will be handmade cloth. For many Pueblo textile artists, the practice of making textiles is like the breath of life itself, actively sustaining their Pueblo identity, one stitch at a time. Although embroidered garments and decorative textiles are most […]


Adventures in Experimental Smelting

Iron the Old-fashioned Way

By: Elizabeth G. Hamilton

It was a perfect October day to play with fire. The sun shone brightly on the barnyard of the Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey as five teams hovered cautiously over waist-high furnaces streaming fire above and dribbling molten rock below. White-hot, hissing, and barely contained by a fragile skin of clay, the furnace […]


From Phrygian Capital to Rural Fort

New Evidence for the Roman Military at Gordion, Turkey

By: Andrew L. Goldman

At the age of 20, Tritus, the son of Bato, joined the Roman army as a soldier of the VII Breucorum Cohors Equitata, an auxiliary unit composed of cavalry and infantry which acted in support of a Roman legionary force. Like many members of the Roman auxilia, this young provincial was possibly drawn into a […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2007

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

American Section Receives IMLS Grant The Museum’s American Section has received a Museums for America grant for $130,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize the Louis Shotridge collection of Tlingit Indian objects, making it accessible to students, scholars, the Tlingit Indian community, and the general public. The Shotridge collection consists […]


From Fiction to Festchrift

Book News & Reviews

By: Anonymous

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (New York: Crown, 2007). 480 pp., 1 map, 1 family tree, cloth, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-307-38146-0. Reviewed by Jennifer Houser Wegner, Research Scientist in the Museum’s Egyptian Section and Co-Curator of Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun. The city of Philadelphia has recently played host to two exhibits focusing on Egypt’s Amarna Period and its aftermath […]


A Digital Partnership: Penn Museum and Ojibwe Tribal Historians

Research Notes

By: Tim Powell and Larry Aitken

Gi Bugadin-a-maa Goom (Ojibwe: “To Sanction, to Give Authority, to Bring to Life”)—offers an exciting glimpse into how digital technology can be utilized to benefit the Museum and Ojibwe communities on equal terms. This venture into the Digital Age began when Tim Powell, Interim Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Penn, invited […]


REU Student Sonya Ashley

By: Sonya Ashley

Like my friend Herbert Poepoe, I was fortunate to participate in the REU program twice (2006, 2007). Having just graduated from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I came to Philadelphia never having seen a museum collection before. I will always remember my first reaction—astonishment and fear. As a Navajo woman, […]