Author: Patrick E. McGovern

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Jewelry from a Canaanite Temple at Beth Shan

By: Patrick E. McGovern

Tells el-Husn, ancient Beth Shari, was the first site to be excavated by The Univer­sity Museum in what is today Israel. During a tour through British Mandate Palestine in the spring of 1919, Museum Director George Byron Gordon and Clarence Fisher, Curator of the Egyptian Section, chose Beth Shan partly because of its marvelous setting […]

The Beginnings of Winemaking and Viniculture in the Ancient Near East and Egypt

By: Patrick E. McGovern and Ulrich Hartung and Virginia R. Badler and Donald L. Glusker and Lawrence J. Exner

The origins of winemaking and viniculture are shrouded in the mists of human prehistory. Scenarios of how wine might have been discovered, however, are easily conjured up. One can imagine a group of early humans foraging in a river valley, dense with vegetation. They are captivated by brightly colored berries hanging in large clusters from […]

Searching for the Beginnings of Winemaking

Research Notes

By: Patrick E. McGovern

In September 1997, I lectured on “Ancient Wine and the Vine” cup and down the West Coast. In the heartland of the New World “wine culture,” I offered an early history of the Eurasian grapevine ( Vitas vinfera). This species accounts for nearly all modern red and white wine, and research in my labora­tory has […]

The Funerary Banquet of ‘King Midas’

By: Patrick E. McGovern

Fifty years ago, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology began excavations at the ancient Phrygian capital of Gordion in central Turkey. Within six years, the expedition had made one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In the largest burial mound at the site (see Miller’s Fig. I, this […]