University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Keith DeVries

East Meets West At Dinner

By: Keith DeVries

The excavations and study by the late Erich F. Schmidt at Persepolis and by Machteld J. Mellink at Elmali in western Turkey have had an unexpected side benefit in that they have provided the evidence to help clear up a puzzling and even embarrassing problem in Greek antiquity. Thus, findings at a royal Persian building, […]

Diving Into the Mediterranean

Greek and Etruscan Paintings Reveal a Sport of Antiquity

By: Keith DeVries

A scattering of representations and an­cient written references, ambiguous or unhelpful when studied separately, reveal when brought together a not fully realized aspect of life in the sixth and fifth centur­ies B.C.: the Greeks and their contemporar­ies the Etruscans practiced high diving into the sea. At its most daring the diving was done from cliffs, […]


By: Keith DeVries

The year 2000 marks both a month and a 50th anniversary for Gordion. In 1900 the German Koerte brothers conducted the very first excavations at the site; that work, while produc­tive, lasted only a single season. Fifty years later, in 1950, Rodney S. Young undertook the excava­tions that initiated the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s long […]