University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Brian Fagan

Archaeology and Pseudo-Archaeology

By: Brian Fagan

This issue of Expedition grew out of a symposium held at The University Museum on October 5, 1985, entitled “Archaeology: Fact and Fantasy.” The articles that follow discuss popular but fanciful ideas about the past—myths—that are in some way related to archaeology. In some cases, archaeology has recovered evidence of events or historical periods that […]

Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy

By: Brian Fagan

One of the more popular recent reincarnations of the legend of Atlantis took place in the United States. During the 1870s, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) lived on Sansom Street, within the present boundaries of the University of Pennsylvania campus. This strange and eccentric Russian woman had enjoyed a diverse career as a circus horse […]