University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Vincent C. Pigott

The Emergence of Iron Use at Hasanlu

By: Vincent C. Pigott

Artifacts of iron constitute one of the single largest classes excavated at Hasan­lu. More than 2000 individual iron objects were recorded during ex­cavation, the majority from the destruction level on the High Mound (ca. 800 B.C.). This collec­tion is important not only because of the broad range of artifact types and technology exhibited, but also […]

Musings and Visions from the Associate Director – Winter 1996

By: Vincent C. Pigott

The University of Pennsylvania Museum ready to take on the next millennium? This question is prompted by a conference I recently attended at the Smithsonian, entitled “Museums for the New Millennium.” In fact, we are under­taking projects that look to the future right now. These are, in one way or another, forms of electronic “outreach,” […]

Archaeometallurgy and the University of Pennsylvania


By: Vincent C. Pigott

In December 1982, the Archaeological Institute of America holds its annual meet­ing, in Philadelphia. Of the various scholarly issues to be discussed, a tech­nological theme will receive particular emphasis: the role of metallurgy in ancient cultures. For the past several years scholars from a variety of disciplines at the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania have directed their […]

The Innovation of Iron

Cultural Dynamics in Technological Change

By: Vincent C. Pigott

Scholars concerned with the phenome­non of ancient iron metallurgy have emphasized the interrelationship between the analytical, historical and archaeologi­cal evidence for proper interpretation of its complexity. While great strides have been made towards documenting not only early production technology (smelting and forging) but also the metal’s earliest geo­graphical and chronological distribution, the nature and functional […]