Author: Harold L. Dibble

Paleolithic Archaeology

The Search for our Human Heritage

By: Harold L. Dibble

The Paleolithic, or “Old Stone Age,” is a fascinating period of prehistory for anyone interest­ed in human origins and evolution. It encompasses the crude beginnings of stone tool manufacture through the development of highly skilled technologies in both stone and bone. It represents the time during which our ancestors evolved, both physically and behaviorally, from […]

Middle Egypt in Prehistory

A Search for the Origins of Modern Human Behavior and Human Dispersal

By: Deborah I. Olszewski and Shannon P. McPherron and Harold L. Dibble and Marie Soressi

The word Egypt for many people evokes im­ages of one of the great civilizations of the ancient world and represents one of the major foci of research by the University of Pennsylva­nia Museum. Tens of thousands of years before Egyptian civilization, however, early humans living along the Nile River and in the deserts of Egypt […]

From the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs

By: Harold L. Dibble

In the last issue, Dr. Gerald Margolis introduced himself as the Museum’s new Deputy Director of Operations. I too have taken on a new administra­tive role, and I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my visions for the future of the Museum, namely research and education. The title of this magazine, […]

Prehistoric Abydos

Africa's Gateway to the World

By: Harold L. Dibble and Shannon P. McPherron and Deborah I. Olszewski and Jennifer R. Smith and Utsav Schurmans and Laurent Chiotti

Most Expedition readers will be familiar with the Museum’s longstanding Egyptian research project at Abydos, which focuses on Abydos’s ancient yet historically known past, and was most recently presented in a special issue of Expedition in 2006 (vol. 48-2). In contrast, the following research focuses on Abydos’s far more distant and prehistoric past. The origin […]