University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Karen Goodrich-Hedrick

Cruise of the United States Frigate Potomac

By: Karen Goodrich-Hedrick and John D. Hedrick

Sir Mortimer Wheeler’s dictum, “Dead archaeology is the driest dust that blows” is too often realized in ethnological specimens relegated to “storage” in large museums. Sterile and life­less, artifacts lie in neatly arranged rows or hopelessly jumbled piles collecting the dust of time. That these objects were once part of dynamic, living societies—collected by living […]

The Problem of Polynesian Origin

By: John D. Hedrick and Karen Goodrich-Hedrick

Who are the Polynesians? From whom did they derive? How were they able to reach the far-flung islands of the extreme eastern Oceanic region? These are the questions that have both vexed and intrigued scholars and students of Pacific culture since the discovery of the Pacific islands. As intrepid European explorers began ven­turing into the […]