University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Peter D. Harrison

A Marvel of Maya Engineering

Water Management at Tikal

By: Peter D. Harrison

Maya structures are often described as great feats of engineering. Perhaps no site in the Maya Lowlands illustrates this more than the ancient city of Tikal in Guatemala. When the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology first excavated at Tikal between 1955 and 1969, the investigation of tombs, palaces, and temples was considered […]


Midden Finds

By: Peter D. Harrison

The most surprising finds in the kitchen garbage dump were fragmented, burned, and gnawed human bones, recovered among burned animal bones. The human remains included both skulls—broken and burned on the interior—and fragments of long bones. The human bones from the midden are still under study and have not yet been published, so the cause […]