University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Alfred Friendly

A Doomed Aqueduct

By: Alfred Friendly

A unique and fascinating portion of one of the finest aqueducts of the Roman world will be lost in the next few years to the march of progress, doomed to disappear under the waters of a new dam in Southern Turkey. The portion that will be flooded, about six kilometers from the beginning of the […]


By: Alfred Friendly and Eleni Karapanayiotis

A remarkable piece of archaeological detec­tive work—in effect the solving of a three-dimen­sional jigsaw puzzle—has “recovered” one of the few Greek cult statues extant, and of these it is one of the earliest. It is the heroic-size marble figure of Nemesis sculpted by Pheidias’ favorite pupil, Agorakritos of Paros, at her shrine at Rhamnous, near […]

Recent Excavations in Jerusalem

By: Alfred Friendly

Four years of intensive work by Israeli archaeologists in the Old City of Jerusalem—where professional expertise has been inspired by a close to mystic passion to uncover the Zion of their heritage—have met with exciting results. Especially around the Temple Mount, where once stood Solomon’s and Herod’s temples and the Roman temple to Jupiter and […]

Modern Science and Ancient Egypt

By: Alfred Friendly

Two of the most interesting archae­ological ventures now being conducted in Egypt illustrate at its most dramatic the application of modern science and technology to the problems of antiquity. Their common denominator is the use of computers, the best instrument, if not the only one, to handle the enormous dimensions of both projects. One is […]


By: Alfred Friendly

In the past two years British archaeol­ogists have discovered and in some part de­ciphered more than 240 fragments of 1st cen­tury A.D. Roman cursive writing on thin slivers of wood in a far corner of the Impe­rium where the survival of such material would have been thought most unlikely: in a fort on Hadrian’s Wall. […]