University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Elizabeth Lyons

Figurines From Chansen

By: Elizabeth Lyons

In 1968 and 1969 the University Museum team of George Dales, Bennett Bronson, and El­kins Weatherill in conjunction with members of the Fine Arts Department of Thailand conducted an excavation at Chansen, Nakhon Sawan pro­vince in central Thailand, near Lopburi. The site had been chosen because farmers in the previous year had turned up potsherds, […]


Southeast Asia

The Changing Scene

By: Elizabeth Lyons

In January of this year, 1977, I was in Burma trying to recruit a Burmese archaeolo­gist for the new Ford Foundation-University of Pennsylvania program designed to provide graduate training for Southeast Asian archaeologists; and I was also trying to assess the chances for a possible Burmese-University Museum excavation at some more future date. The predictions […]


Chinese Jades

The Role of Jade in Ancient China: An Introduction to a Special Exhibition at the University Museum

By: Elizabeth Lyons

For some four thousand years, the Chinese have considered jade to be a unique substance and have held it in higher esteem than gold or jewels. During the first two millennia of Chinese culture, jade was thought to be of super­natural origin, an emanation of streams and mountains, something created by the forces of nature, […]


A Pair of Chinese Grave Urns

A Recent Gift to the Oriental Section of the Museum

By: Elizabeth Lyons

The Chinese collection of the University Museum has recently been enriched, and enlivened, by a pair of southern Chinese grave urns, the gift of Charles L. Reese. The extravagantly decorated vessels come from Kiangsi and were collected by the donor’s father in 1936. The body of the urns is of buff clay covered with a […]


The Road to Ban Chiang

A Dialogue of Events Leading to The University Museum's Participation in the Expedition

By: Elizabeth Lyons and Froelich Rainey

Foreword by Miss Lyons The Ban Chiang Project began in the late 1960s when Dr. Froelich Rainey was Direc­tor of The University Museum, and without his interest and support, particularly in the early days, the Museum would not have been involved in this important excavation, Since I had been in and out of Thailand tong […]


Ming Huang’s Journey to Shu

The History of a Painting

By: Elizabeth Lyons

During its five-hundred-year history, this painting has been admired, looted, rescued, honored, forgotten, found and restored to esteem. Hanging on the wall of the Museum’s Rotunda is a large Chinese painting on two joined strips of closely woven silk (see cover and Figs. 1-3). The scene is dominated by slender, very jagged mountains painted in […]