University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Jane Hickman

Treasure Beneath the Floor

Museum Object Number: 31-50-212

By: Jane Hickman

Although the Monastery of Lady Mary is best known for its fine mosaics, another discovery awaited Fitzgerald’s team as they excavated the floor of Room H, a small room adjacent to the chapel. A gold chain and bracelet were recovered along with a cache of ten gold coins, a bronze censer, and other objects. The […]


Every Picture Tells a Story

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

When I began editing Expedition almost four years ago, I was unaware of the many wonderful stories associated with those who worked at the Museum, or the vast number of extraordinary objects on display and in our storerooms. Even as a graduate student at Penn, my research was generally confined to the Mediterranean and Near […]


From the Editor – Summer 2009

By: Jane Hickman

For well over a century, the Penn Museum has sponsored archaeological excavations throughout the world, from Mesopotamia to Thailand to Guatemala. One of the most noteworthy, continuing projects has been the exploration of ancient Gordion in central Turkey. This special issue of Expedition focuses on Gordion: past, present, and future. Our first article, “Gordion in […]


From the Editor – Winter 2009

By: Jane Hickman

The Winter issue of Expedition begins with a special section on Butrint, an archaeological site and national park located on a scenic stretch of land in western Albania. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Museum, has been associated with Butrint since 1994. Our first article describes the research that led to a greater  understanding of the […]


From the Editor – Spring 2010

By: Jane Hickman

The spring 2010 issue of Expedition takes you from Greece to India to Vietnam. Our first feature describes an on-going excavation and survey at Mt. Lykaion, a remote site located in the Peloponnesos region of mainland Greece. In 2007, David Romano and Mary Voyatzis began excavation of the ash altar at Mt. Lykaion. Here, they write about […]


From the Editor – Summer 2010

By: Jane Hickman

The Curatorial faculty of The University Museum today reached the unanimous conclusion that they would purchase no more art objects or antiquities for the Museum unless the objects are accompanied by a pedigree—that is, information about the different owners of the objects, place of origin, legality of export, and other data useful in each individual […]


From the Editor – Winter 2010

By: Jane Hickman

Travel the Silk Road with the Penn Museum in this special expanded edition of Expedition magazine. This issue was created to compliment Secrets of the Silk Road, a significant new exhibition that opens on February 5 and runs through June 5, 2011. Penn Museum is the only East Coast venue for this remarkable collection of […]


From the Editor – Spring 2011

By: Jane Hickman

Over the last several decades, Afghanistan has suffered from invasion, revolution, and civil war. Although we frequently read about the suffering experienced by the Afghan people, we rarely see firsthand the lasting impact of continuous conflict. Our first feature article focuses on one aspect of Afghan culture that reflects its recent history: war rugs. These […]


Animals in Antiquity

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

The winter 2011 issue on animals in antiquity began with a suggestion by Donald White two years ago. White, Curator Emeritus of the Mediterranean Section, has always had a keen interest in horses, having owned them since childhood. He thought that an article on horses incorporating images of Equus caballus from the Penn Museum’s Mediterranean […]


From the Editor – Spring 2012

Maya 2012: Myth and Reality

By: Jane Hickman

Travel through 4,000 years of Mesoamerican history with the Penn Museum in this special expanded edition of Expedition magazine. This issue was created to complement MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a major new exhibition that opens at the Penn Museum on May 5, 2012 and runs through January 13, 2013. We are the only East […]


A Brief History of the Penn Museum

By: Alessandro Pezzati and Jane Hickman and Alexandra Fleischman

The founding of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was part of the great wave of institution-building that took place in the United States after the Civil War. It was an outgrowth of the rising prominence of the new country and its belief in the ideals of progress and manifest destiny. The 1876 […]


From the Editor – A New Expedition

By: Jane Hickman

As you read through this issue of Expedition, you will see many changes in design as well as in content. We have a new masthead and a new size. Based on feedback we received from you and Museum staff, we developed several new or extended sections including information on exhibitions and upcoming events at the […]


From the Editor – Fall 2014

Expedition Travels the World

By: Jane Hickman

The Fall 2014 issue of Expedition is truly an international edition, with stories and photographs from Iraq, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, and Guatemala. We begin with Reports from the Field, which highlights Museum-sponsored research in Satu Qala, Iraq by Lauren Ristvet and Cinzia Pappi, and Calakmul, Mexico by Simon Martin. Our article on the […]


Stories from the Americas and Egypt

From the Editor - Fall 2015

By: Jane Hickman

The Fall 2015 issue opens with an article by Meg Kassabaum, Weingarten Assistant Curator ofthe American Section and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Penn.Dr. Kassabaum recently returnedfrom excavating at the site of Smith Creek in Mississippi. In her first article for Expedition, Meg explores the construction and function of earthen mounds along the Mississippi River […]


The Wonder of World’s Fairs

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

“…this is a World’s Fair and all the world is here, to exhibit and see.” From The Worlds Fair, 1891 In the passage above, H.G. Rutler describes what to expect at the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where even a month would not be enough time to see all […]


A Research Institution

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

The Penn Museum’s 2013–2020 Strategic Plan includes four foundational pillars: research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement. In addition to our regular features, the Winter issue of Expedition offers a selection of articles and departmental columns that illustrate recent work in each of these foundational areas, with research as the underlying common thread. Deputy Director […]


The Myth of Midas’ Golden Touch

By: Anastasia Amrhein and Patricia Kim and Lucas Stephens and Jane Hickman

Gold has been used to create objects of beauty across the ages, conferring a high level of status on those who own it. In some cultures, gold has spiritual and even magical qualities. As a raw material or manufactured object, gold also plays an important role in understanding ancient trade. Gold luxury objects and coins […]


The Penn Museum and the Kingdom of Midas

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

This special expanded issue of Expedition was created to accompany The Golden Age of King Midas. This extraordinary exhibition—with objects from four museums in Turkey, the Delphi Museum in Greece, the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago, and our own Penn Museum collection—opens on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Many individuals contributed to this issue, including the […]


Stories from the Penn Museum

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman

The Spring 2016 issue includes four articles related to the work of the Penn Museum. We open with “Secrets of Ancient Magic: The Power of Spells, Curses, & Omens,” which is tied to the current exhibition “Magic in the Ancient World”. Professors Bob Ousterhout and Grant Frame taught a curatorial seminar in 2015 that led […]


Mummies: Unraveling History’s Mysteries

Photo of Jane, Page, and Janet with mummy
From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman and Page Selinsky

To many school children and their families, the Penn Museum is known as the “Mummy Museum.” Although visitors are fascinated with objects from the galleries, the mummies are something they always remember. Several years ago, we sat down with anthropology grad student Paul Mitchell and Egyptologist Dr. Steve Phillips to discuss an issue of Expedition […]


Stories from China, Greece, the Kalahari, and Egypt

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman and Jane Hickman

The Winter 2016 issue of Expedition opens with an article by Fangyi Cheng on the legacy of the Museum’s Mayer Collection. Isabel and William Mayer collected over 400 bronze objects from China’s northern frontier. Using archival documents and photographs as well as interviews with Mayer family descendants, Cheng provides a vivid account of Americans in […]


Stories from China, Greece, the Kalahari, and Egypt

From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman and Jane Hickman

The Winter 2016 issue of Expedition opens with an article by Fangyi Cheng on the legacy of the Museum’s Mayer Collection. Isabel and William Mayer collected over 400 bronze objects from China’s northern frontier. Using archival documents and photographs as well as interviews with Mayer family descendants, Cheng provides a vivid account of Americans in […]


The Trace of a Child

handprint in cement
From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman and Jane Hickman

When I was two years old, my father gently pressed my hand into cement to create a record of my childhood that I still have today. Later he told me that children grow up so quickly that he wanted a tangible reminder of those early years, when the world was still a great wonder to […]


The Trace of a Child

handprint in cement
From the Editor

By: Jane Hickman and Jane Hickman

When I was two years old, my father gently pressed my hand into cement to create a record of my childhood that I still have today. Later he told me that children grow up so quickly that he wanted a tangible reminder of those early years, when the world was still a great wonder to […]