University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Volume 5 / Issue 2


Issue Cover

On the cover: Various images.

A Jade Pendant From Tikal

By: Peter Harrison

During the 1962 season at Tikal, field work included investigation of the West Plaza, a large ceremonial group immediately west of the Main Plaza and North Acropolis, the ceremonial center of the site. Excavation of Structure 5D-11, a roughly square truncated pyramid on the west side of the Plaza, revealed a tomb buried on the […]


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Its Character and Occurrence

By: Elisabeth H. West

Jade, considered as the material used for prehistoric tools and objects of art, has numerous aspects of interest. The special properties of nephrite and jadeite responsible for their characteristic appearance and hardness can be used to distinguish between them, and to differentiate them from other minerals. The occurrences of jade in relatively few localities throughout […]

A Babylonian Lion in Toronto

By: Robert H. Dyson, Jr.

Glazed lions molded in relief on baked brick facades are relatively rare on the North American continent.One of the best of them has just been redisplayed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in its current “Art Treasures” show celebrating the museum’s fiftieth anniversary. Noted for many years for its Chinese collection, the museum is […]

Underwater Surveys in Greece

Photo of diver working underwater

By: Peter Throckmorton and John M. Bullitt

During the winter of 1961-62, Admiral Th. Voutsaras, President of the¬†Federation Hellenique…des Activities Subaquatiques, received reports of a group of ancient columns lying on the sea bed off Cape Spitha, the northernmost point of Sapienza Island, about a mile from the small port of Methone on the southwestern Peloponnesus. Amphoras and amphora sherds were also […]


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The North Acropolis and An Early Tomb

By: William R. Coe and John J. McGinn

What is it that motivates anticipation of a rich tomb as the trench is cut further and deeper back in time? The excavator knows the lure and now and then stops to ask himself the values to be gotten from the elusive tomb, from the rotted bones, the things worn by and later deposited with […]

In Search of Sybaris


By: Donald Freeman Brown

Down in the foot of Italy, or more accurately under the instep and facing the blue Ionian sea, lies the Greek city of Sybaris–virtually untouched by the archaeologist’s spade. Famed ever since antiquity for its great wealth and luxury (our expressions “sybarite” and “sybaritic banquet” acknowledge this fact), Sybaris has held the attention of historians […]

Dalma Painted Ware

By: T. Cuyler Young, Jr.

The archaeologist leaves for the field with his mind full of the historical problems he will solve through further excavation. His expedition’s entire field campaign has been planned around these problems. Yet he also knows that though further field work will provide some of the answers to the questions posed, it will also raise new […]

Expedition News – Winter 1963

Three major problems occupied the attention of the Hasanlu staff during the past summer. These were: (1) the clarification of the seventh-sixth century materials of Period III (the “Triangle Ware Phase”); (2) excavation of a new quarter of the ninth century Citadel; and (3) a probe into the underlying levels of the second millennium. The […]

A Unique Peruvian Weaver

By: Alfred Kidder, II

The Museum has recently acquired a very unusual specimen. It is a pillow on which is seated an effigy of a woman working at a loom suspended on an A-frame which leans against a tree. In the tree there is a bird’s nest with a long-legged fledgling standing in it. It is difficult to find […]