University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


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Selections From the Exhibition

"The Dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rainforest" February 25, 1989, to June 3, 1990

By: Anonymous

The Objects pictured in the following pages have been selected from several hundred pieces hat are on display in the University Museum’s exhibition, ” The Dayaks: Peoples from the Borneo Rainforest.” This small selection was made, not as a representation of the broad scope of matter in that exhibition, but, rather, to convey a visual […]


About the Authors

By: Anonymous

Kathryn L. Gleason is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees in landscape architecture from Cornell and Harvard, and a doctoral degree from Oxford in archaeology. Her research on techniques of excavating ancient gardens and on the interpretation of the remains of ancient landscape design […]


Sacred Protection

Shields of the Plains and Southwest in The University Museum's Collections

By: Anonymous

In his article, Hall introduces the shield with a brief history of its use: “The round shield or target is the characteristic New World shield. Other forms occur, but among aboriginal American users of shields, this type is predominant, and the geographical limits of its distribution suggest that its use spread from one center, probably […]


Reflections of a Digger

By: Anonymous

Froehlich Rainey served as Director of The University Museum from 1947 to 1976. During those years he helped to make the Museum one of the pre­eminent institutions in this country devoted to archaeological excavation and the innovative application of scientific technology to archaeology. Under his leadership more than 200 Museum expeditions were sent into the […]


Nubia: An Ancient African Civilization

Introduction

By: Anonymous

Ancient Nubia occupied a vast region just south of ancient Egypt, a region lying partly in Egypt but mostly in the Sudan. We tend to think of Egypt as the greatest ancient power on the African continent. Her gigantic pyramids and temples overshadow, at least in scale, the achievements of other early African cultures. However, […]


The University Museum Expedition to Dra Abu El Naga

By: Anonymous

Dra abu el Naga is the Arabic name for a site in Thebes, north of Deir el Bahri, not too far from the Valley of the Kings. This part of the Theban necropolis is of especial interest to the University Museum today just as it was several decades ago. Through monies from the Coxe Fund, […]


Pueblo Pottery in the Collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum

By: Anonymous

The University of Pennsylvania’s holdings include some 3500 pieces of Anasazi and Pueblo pottery, collected primarily in the 19th centaur. The following “gallery” of painted Pueblo pottery presents the five great collections that form the bulk of the Museum’s Southwestern holdings. The illustrations and comments have been drawn from J.J. Brody’s exhibit catalog, Beauty from […]


The Ancient Greek World

The Rodney S. Young Gallery

By: Anonymous


Mescalero Apache Elementary School Basketry Project

By: Anonymous

Mescalero Apache Burden Baskets Burden Baskets were made long ago by our Apache people. They were used in many ways. These are some of the uses that I was told about. Straps were attached to them to make it easier to carry food which was gathered from the har­vest fields, foods such as apples, oranges, nuts […]


Illuminating the Past: Art and Artists of the Ban Chiang Project

Behind the Scenes

By: Anonymous

The exhibition “Illuminating the Past: Art and Artists of the Ban Chiang Project” ran from April through August 1995 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. It was put together-by Dr. Joyce White, Director of the Ban Chiang Project, Raymond Rorke, exhibit designer, Project volunteer and work-study students, and the artists whose works and words appeared […]


Cambodia

Restoration and Revival

By: Anonymous

The five authors of this special issue of Expedition all have lived or worked in Cambodia, some for many years. They have witnessed the destruction caused by the devastating civil war of 1975-1979; they have participated in Cambodia’s own extraordinary efforts to reconstruct its countryside and revive its cultural institutions. Their approaches cover the fields […]


Hopi

By: Anonymous

WORK BY STUDENTS AT HON DAY SCHOOL FOR THE 1994 HOPI ART FAIR TRADITIONAL SPRING EVENTS Hotevilla Bacavi School, 3rd grade


Zuni

Prepared Foods

By: Anonymous

Excerpted from ‘Uses of Native Materials in Zuni Pueblo,’ written by Zuni High School English Composition students and edited by Patricia Joan Allen (Zuni, New Mexico: Zuni High School, 1989) Blue Corn Breads (Muk’yaba:we) There are several variations of blue corn bread in Zuni. The dough can be shaped into patties (muk’yaha:re) or into blue […]


Faces of the Canaanites and Israelites

By: Anonymous

A new permanent exhibition on Canaan and Ancient Israel is now open at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The over 450 objects on display were excavated from Bronze and Iron Age (ca, 3300-550 BCE) occupation levels at five major sites in Israel, Jordan, the West Bank, and Lebanon. This time period has tradi­tionally held particular […]


Museum Mosaic

The Mediterranean Section; Dr. Fredrik T. Hiebert; Dr. Ezat O. Negahban; John Lambert Cotter, Ph.D

By: Anonymous

The MEDITERRANEAN SECTION has recently received a matching grant of $17,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will fund planning for the renovation of existing galleries, and the design and reinstallation of “The Italic and Etruscan Worlds” and “The Roman World,” as well as an area devoted to “An Introduction to the Mediterranean […]


University Museum Research Projects – Spring 1985

By: Anonymous

Rojdi, India—excavation Director: Dr. Gregory Possehl (Asia Section, University Museum) Sponsors: University Museum, Gujarat State Department of Archaeology The third season ofexcavation at Rojdi, a town of the Harappan civilization in Gujarat State. western India, took place during January and February 1985. Dr. Possehl and a team of ten Americans, mostly from the University of […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 1999

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

The International Classroom of the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania Museum provided two artist-presenters to the Annual Art Night celebration of Chews Elementary School in Gloucester Town­ship, New Jersey. Artist Yinka Natty Adeyemo of Nigeria demonstrated traditional drumming, and Jingxiang Liang of China shared his expertise in Chinese ink and watercolor painting with the 3000 participants who […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 1999

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

The University of Pennsylvania Museum received a grant of $30,000 from the Trust for Mutual Understanding to facilitate AN EXCHANGE OF MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS between the UPM and the National Museum of Mongolian History (NMMH) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The exchange will enable the museums to continue planning a traveling exhibit on 20th century Mongolia. and to […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2000

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Dr. Bernard Wailes Dr. Bernard Wailes, Curator Emeritus, European Archaeology Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, was feted on October 4, 1999, following his retirement from Penn. Bernard came to Penn in 1961. At that time he was the only full-time archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology and played a […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2000

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

The University of Pennsylvania Museum awarded two honors in April 2000 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology which took place in Philadelphia. Robert McC. Adams, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the UPM’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for archaeological achievement. Dr. Adams is best known for his […]


Museum Mosaic: People, Places, Projects – Winter 2000

International Classroom; Searching for Ancient Egypt; Dr. David Silverman; The University of Pennsylvania Museum on the Road

By: Anonymous

Welcome! Bienvenue! Swagatam! Willkommenl! INTERNATIONAL CLASSROOM hosted its annual In­ternational Student Reception on October 20, 2000. International students, scholars, and pro­fessionals were invited to a unique welcome in the Museum’s Chinese Rotunda. The event was cosponsored by 43 colleges and universities, and guests came from 87 countries, ranging from Ar­menia to Zimbabwe. Guests of honor […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2001

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Dr. Gerald Margolis The University of Pennsylvania Museum wel­comes a senior administrator who started at the Museum on February 28, 2001. Dr. Gerald Margolis has been appointed as the Museum’s new Deputy Director of Operations. Bringing a wealth of experience in museum adminis­tration, Dr. Gerald Margolis served as the Director of Develop­ment of Philadelphia’s Anti-Defamation League […]


Found! A Pair of Doves–and More…

What in the World?

By: Anonymous

In 1999, James Cahill, a leading international authority on Chinese painting, descended into the storerooms of the University of Pennsyl­vania Museum’s Asian Section to view the painting collection. As he writes in a recent article in Orientations Magazine, he did not have high hopes, “in the face of reports of earlier visits by specialists in […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2001

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Highlights from the Museum’s traveling exhibi­tion, ‘THE ROYAL TOMBS OF Ur”—including the world-renowned “Ram-in-the-Thicket,” Lady Pu-Abi’s headdress, and a gold and silver drink­ing tumbler—returned to the Mesopotamian gallery midsummer 2001 and will be displayed through March 24, 2002. To date, more than 500,000 visitors in eight American cities have seen UPM’s traveling show of famous Sumerian […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2001

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has been running a nationally known Collections Management Internship Program for the past twenty years. The program exposes the interns to practical aspects of managing archaeological and ethnographic collections through day-to-day activities. This year our four interns—Molly Greenfield, Christina Pappas, Gina Spezialetti, and Sara Summers—will focus […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2002

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

It isn’t made of gold, but an enigmatic ivory statuette of a lion tamer may once have belonged to King Midas. At least that’s the opinion of Dr. Keith DeVries, Associate Curator in the Mediterranean section and former Field Director of the Museum’s long-term project at the Phrygian capital of Gordian in Turkey. Found in 1939 at Delphi, the exquisite little statue may […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2002

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

The Near Eastern Section recently received a grant from the Museum Loan Network, the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s third MLN grant. The $18,000 grant will be applied toward researching, document­ing, and photographing a portion of the collections from Mesopotamia. This project’s goal is to identify a corpus of material that represents a cross section of […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2003

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

After 12 years of ethno- archaeological field- work in present-day Maasai territory in southern Kenya, I have extended my focus northward to a former Maasai stronghold in Laikipia District, on the eastern side of the Rift Valley. In the early 20th century the British colonial government forced the Maasai to vacate the fertile highlands of […]


Current University Museum Research – Winter 1967

By: Anonymous

AFGHANISTAN – Final arrangements for a proposed archaeological project in Seistan next fall and winter, working on problems of contacts between South Asia and the Near East between 3000 and 1000 B.C. George F. Dales in charge. ALASKA – Archaeological survey of the Galbraith Lake region in north Alaska. Herbert Alexander, Jr., in charge. ANDEAN […]


Current University Museum Research – Summer 1966

By: Anonymous

AFGHANISTAN – Reconnaissance and sherd survey to determine site of future work. George F. Dales in charge. ALASKA – Archaeological survey of the Galbraith Lake region in north Alaska. Summer, 1966. Herbert Alexander, Jr. in charge. ANDEAN STUDIES – Alfred Kidder is compiling the publication of his excavation at Chiripa in highland Bolivia. APPLIED SCIENCE […]


Current University Museum Research – Summer 1965

By: Anonymous

ALASKA – Carrying on the excavation of the Onion Portage site in the vicinity of Ambler, North Alaska, under the auspices of Brown University, begun by the late J. Louis Giddings. Summer season. Froelich Rainey in charge. ANDEAN STUDIES – Alfred Kidder is compiling the publication of his excavation at Chiripa in highland Bolivia. ARGENTINA […]


University Museum Announcements – Summer 1981

Museum Exterior

By: Anonymous

President Sheldon Hackney has asked Robert H. Dyson, Jr., Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Curator of the Near East Section, to combine the Acting Directorship of the Museum with the Deanship during the coming months while a search committee for a permanent Director carries out its task. William R. Coe, Curator […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2003

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Opening of new Classical galleries is cause for celebration: Visitors lined up on South Street before the Museum gates opened on Sunday, March 16, 2003, to celebrate the grand opening of the new classical exhibition, Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. By the end of the day, around 4,000 people had visited the gal­leries and […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2003

Construction at the Penn Museum
Fare Project Gets Under Way; The Mediterranean Section Received an $18,000 Grant

By: Anonymous

If  you walked by the Museum this last summer, this is what the upper courtyard looked like — a big construction site, full of equipment moving vast quantities of earth, as the area was excavated down some 25 feet below the original garden level. The fishpond and the garden were long gone, and plywood protected […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2009

Young Friends Offer Fresh Perspective On Museum’s Collections And Research

By: Anonymous

The Young Friends of the Penn Museum, an active group of Penn Museum members ages 21 to 45, has become well known in the Philadelphia region for its exciting and amusing events. From Halloween and Valentine’s Day-themed programming to a scavenger hunt through the Museum’s galleries paired with a wine tasting, Young Friends activities continue […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2004

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Actors from the Vagabond acting Troupe (shown in the two photographs here) delighted Penn Museum visitors with in-gallery performances of “Three Worlds Intertwined,” a newly commissioned work, over five weekends in March and April of 2003. The program was part of the opening festivities surrounding “Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans,” a new suite of […]


Robert J. Sharer

Meet the Curators

By: Anonymous

Robert J. Sharer, Curator-in-Charge of the Museum’s American Section, became interested in archaeology as an undergraduate when he took a summer job at the Michigan State University Museum. The fascinating stories of Arctic field archaeology told by his boss, the noted Arctic scholar Moreau Maxwell, prompted Sharer to broaden his history major by taking additional […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2008

By: Anonymous

Penn Museum Receives Planning Grant From National Endowment For The Humanities The Penn Museum has received a planning grant of $39,768 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of an innovative exhibit entitled African Healing Journeys. Anticipated to open in 2012, this traveling exhibit will incorporate up to 300 objects […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2004

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Civic Center Collections Projects In November 2003, the Penn Museum and the City of Philadelphia completed the transfer of 5,000-6,000 ethno­graphic objects from the Civic Center Museum. By accepting this gift, the Museum ensured that a significant part of this collection would remain in Philadelphia for broad research and local community access. Assembled in the […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2004

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Endowments, Contributions, and Grants Our deepest thanks go to Bruce and Peggy Mainwaring for their unwavering generosity and commitment to the Museum throughout the years. Because of their extraordinary kind­nesses, the Museum has established endowments to support Marketing, a Senior Research Scientist position, and a Collections Management position. Tom and Kitty Stoner and the TKF […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2008

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Rohm And Haas Partnership Penn Museum is pleased to partner with Rohm and Haas Company as the Lead Corporate Sponsor of the upcoming traveling exhibition, Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya, opening April 4, 2009. The exhibition, curated by Elin C. Danien, Research Associate in the American Section, will provide an in-depth […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2008

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

International Classroom Receives Subaru Grant Penn Museum’s International Classroom (IC) program has received a $4,975 grant from the Subaru of America Foundation to offer presentations on ancient and modern cultures for students in Philadelphia, PA, and Camden, NJ, public schools. This grant demonstrates the continuing collaboration between Penn Museum and the Subaru of America Foundation […]


From Fiction to Festchrift

Book News & Reviews

By: Anonymous

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (New York: Crown, 2007). 480 pp., 1 map, 1 family tree, cloth, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-307-38146-0. Reviewed by Jennifer Houser Wegner, Research Scientist in the Museum’s Egyptian Section and Co-Curator of Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun. The city of Philadelphia has recently played host to two exhibits focusing on Egypt’s Amarna Period and its aftermath […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2007

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

American Section Receives IMLS Grant The Museum’s American Section has received a Museums for America grant for $130,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize the Louis Shotridge collection of Tlingit Indian objects, making it accessible to students, scholars, the Tlingit Indian community, and the general public. The Shotridge collection consists […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2007

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

International Classroom Shines Again This spring archaeologists from the Museum’s International Classroom—a creative program of the Education Department —participated in the Annual Art Nights at New Jersey’s Erial and Union Valley Schools. Student art exhibits, depicting the works of George Catlin, Faith Ringgold, Graeme Base, and Peter Max, transformed each school into an art museum […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2007

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Tlingit Basketmaker And Weaver Visits Museum On December 6, 2006, nationally renowned Tlingit basketmaker and weaver Teri Rofkar from Sitka, Alaska, visited the Museum to discuss a proposed project to document and catalogue the 380 Tlingit baskets which form part of the Museum’s Native North American collection of 3,600 baskets. The Tlingit collection includes baskets […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2005

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Thai Archaeology Challenge II (Tac II) Long-time Museum members and volunteers John and Christie Hastings will match up to $100,000 in contributions to support publications of the Ban Chiang Project. In 1997 the Hastings established the original Thai Archaeology Challenge to support reanalysis of the metal remains and publication of the human remains from this […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2005

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Travel the Trade Routes / Find Trade Goods to “Treasure” Treasures . . . From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail—an exciting new Show and Sale of fine arts from traditional cultures—premiers at the Penn Museum with an Opening Night Preview on Thursdays, October 27, and continues with a three-day public run, October 28–30. Presented by The Women’s Committee to […]


Museum Mosaic Winter 2005

People, Places, Projects: Prudential Foundation Grant Helps Students “Meet the World; Penn Museum Hosts Live Demonstration of Internet2; Maya Shamans, Magic Heroes, and Spirit Healers; Gastronomica Toscana: Italian Food Culture and the Mediterranean Diet; Research Partnership with Santa Clara Pueblo

By: Anonymous

Prudential Foundation Grant Helps Students “Meet the World” Thanks to a generous $90,000 three-year grant from the Prudential Foundation, the Penn Museum is once again offer­ing economically disadvantaged school children an opportu­nity to “Meet the World” through International Classroom educational enrichment programs. Last year, more than 700 students from Lower Eastern North Philadelphia public schools—part […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2006

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Treasures . . . From The Silk Road To The Santa Fe Trail Following its spectacularly successful premier in 2005, “Treasures…From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail” will once again fill the third-floor galleries of the Penn Museum with the finest arts from traditional cultures, available for purchase—Friday–Sunday, October 27–29, 2006 (Preview: Thursday, […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2006

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Penn Museum Announces Architect for Master Plan On November 11, 2005, following an international search, Penn Museum announced the appointment of renowned British architect David Chipperfield to develop a comprehen­sive new master plan to take the Museum, its complex histori­cal building, and its international research, collections, and educational outreach into the 21st century. Other museum […]


Rock Point Community School, Rock Point, Arizona

By: Anonymous

These are voices from red rock country of Rock Point. These are voices of dry washes and hidden springs in the back of dry canyons and mesas that zigzag blue horizons, all of northern Arizona. These are voices that shake walls of an old BIA building that is more than two decades old, a dormitory […]


Whiteriver Elementary School, Whiteriver, Arizona

By: Anonymous

These photographs were taken by students in a photography club led by Mr. William Golladay. The students used a Pentax K-1000 35mm camera and did their own developing and printing. “I go to photography club on Wednesdays after school. We come to the library. That’s where our photography teacher is at. We go places like […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2009

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Penn Museum Is More Fun When You Sleep Over! Penn Museum’s new sleepover program, 40 Winks with the Sphinx, invites guests of ages 6–12 and their adult friends to an overnight “expedition” in the Museum. The night’s activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2009

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Penn Museum Hosts Undergraduate Research Fellows On August 3, 2009, the Museum hosted a tour and reception for Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). The group received an enthusiastic welcome by Williams Director Richard Hodges and toured behind the scenes to learn more about summer research projects underway in the Museum’s Oceanian, Mediterranean, […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2010

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

George Bass Awarded Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal On Friday, March 26, 2010, the Penn Museum was proud to present its 30th Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for archaeological achievement to George Bass, Ph.D., in celebration of the 50th anniversary of underwater archaeology and its origins at the Penn Museum. While a graduate student in the University […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2010

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Egyptologist David Silverman Honored in Cairo A Festschrift celebration honoring the lifetime achievements of Dr. David Silverman was held in Cairo, Egypt, at the headquarters of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities on May 8, 2010. The celebration party was hosted by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Secretary General, Supreme Council of Antiquities. Dr. Silverman, Egyptian Section […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2010

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Gift From Euseba And Warren Kamensky Endows Nagpra Position Penn Museum is pleased to announce a generous gift from Mr. Warren F. Kamensky, long-time Penn Museum member and volunteer, to endow the position of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator. The gift will directly support the full-time staff position currently held by […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2011

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Penn Museum Hosts International Workshop on Digitizing Artifacts and Documentation from Sir Leonard Woolley’s Excavations at UR Representatives from the Penn, British, and Iraq National museums gathered in Philadelphia on January 26 and 27, 2011, at a workshop made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation, to discuss digitizing the more than 21,000 objects excavated at […]


Collection Notes- The Museum’s Online Searchable Database

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Penn museum is making information about its collections more accessible than ever before with the launch of a new online database feature on its website that will allow the public to explore theMuseum’s Collection, including many objectsthat are not on display. This is made possible, in part, by new collections management software now in use at the Penn Museum that […]


Museum Mosaic – Winter 2011

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Renovations of the Museum’s Original Wing Continue Following the installation of a climate-control system and the renovation of the gallery housing the long-term exhibition Iraq’s Ancient Past in fall 2010, restoration of the other four galleries in the Museum’s West Wing, including new windows, millwork, and radiator covers, took place this fall. Generous support was […]


Museum Mosaic – Summer 2011

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Landmark Symposium Held at the Penn Museum On March 19, 2011, the Penn Museum held a public symposium, Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity. This was the first major event in over 15 years to focus on the history of the Silk Road and the origins of the mysterious Tarim […]


University Museum Announcements – Spring 1981

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Appointments James A. Sauer will take up his duties as Associate Curator-in-charge of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in July. He obtained his B.A. from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1967, his Ph.D. (with distinc­tion) from Harvard University in 1973, the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation being “The Stratification and Pottery of Tell Hesban.” In 1968 and […]


Museum Mosaic – Spring 2012

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

Widener Lecture Hall to Reopen in Spring 2013 Thanks to a magnificent lead gift from Ingrid A. and Donald C. Graham, and deeply generous additional support from A. Bruce and Margaret Mainwaring, Widener Lecture Hall will undergo a full restoration and reopen, fully climate controlled and with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, in spring 2013. The largest […]


An Interview with Julian Siggers

Communicating the Thrill of Discovery

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Expedition sat down with Julian Siggers during his second week as Williams Director of the Penn Museum. Below are excerpts from that conversation. Since joining the Penn Museum, what has impressed you as particularly noteworthy about our collection? I have known of the Penn Museum’s collection for over 25 years, since my first year as […]


Museum Mosaic – Fall 2012

People, Places, Projects

By: Anonymous

New Collections Study Room Opens In March 2012, the Museum opened a new facility as part of an initiative to enhance accessibility to its collections. Located on the first floor of the Mainwaring Wing, the Collections Study Room serves as a laboratory where students can examine Museum objects first hand in conjunction with University classes. […]


Karanog, Wealthy Capital of a Lower Nubian Province

Behind the Scenes

By: Anonymous

Karanog, a provincial capital of the Meroitic kingdom during the 2nd centuries A.D., provides our richest glimpse into a culture found only in Lower Nubia. It was partially excavated by C. Leonard Woolley and D. Randall-MacIver for the University Museum in 1907. The excavated ara of the town contained both elite an dlower order houses. […]


Happy New Year!

Happy new year written in different languages.

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An old greeting used by many people through the centuries. Here are some of the ways it is written. How many can you identify. Answers are on page 36. A. Chinese: Respectful wishes for New Year’s happiness. B. Latin in Rome of the first century A.D.: Happy and prosperous New Year to you. C. Ancient […]


What in the World – Spring 1959

By: Anonymous

Can you identify the subject of this photograph? Answer on page 40. Did you recognize these sand dunes in the Libyan desert? Or were you as far off in your identification as those of us who suggested elephant foot prints, or a bucket of wet plaster, or a corroded bronze plaque enlarged a hundred times? […]


Where in the World?

masks

By: Anonymous

Museum News: Hasanlu, Iran The members of the expedition to Hasanlu, under the leadership of Robert H. Dyson, Jr., arrived in Iran early in June. This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art is sponsoring the dig along with the Iranian Government and the University Museum. The Metropolitan’s representative is Dr. Vaughn E. Crawford who is […]


Where in the World?

Photo for Where in the World Game

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We thought and thought when we first saw the color slide from which this picture was made but couldn’t identify it. Can you? The answer is on page 39. The slide was made by Mr. Aubre Givier of Philadelphia to whom we are very grateful for permitting us to use it here. The Authors RODNEY […]


Where in the World?

Images for trivia

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These pictures are all of sites where the University Museum has worked. Can you select the proper caption for each picture? Answers are on page 44. The deep well at el-Jib, Jordan, which has been identified as the pool of Gibeon. Excavations in the Burned Building of the ninth century B.C. at Hasanlu, Iran. Monuments […]


Expedition News – Winter 1963

By: Anonymous

Three major problems occupied the attention of the Hasanlu staff during the past summer. These were: (1) the clarification of the seventh-sixth century materials of Period III (the “Triangle Ware Phase”); (2) excavation of a new quarter of the ninth century Citadel; and (3) a probe into the underlying levels of the second millennium. The […]


The University Museum Excavations in Iran

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1931–1932 Tepe Hissar (Damghan), Director Erich F. Schmidt; with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Institute for Persian Art and Archaeology. 1931 Tureng Tepe, Director Frederick R. Wulsin; for the William R. Nelson Trust of Kansas City. 1934–1939 Rayy ( Rh ages ) and Cheshmeh Ali, Director Erich F. Schmidt; with the Boston […]


Iran — Maps and Chronology

Sites in the Parthian and Sassanian Empires

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NEOLITHIC ca. 9000 B.C. Hunters and Gatherers of Seal and Red Deer. Belt and Hotu Caves         ca. 8000 B.C. Goat herding and clam gathering. Goat herding, mudbrick walls, primitive pottery. Asiab Gant Dareh ca. 7000 B.C. Goat herding, mudbrick walls, some cereal grain. Guran (lower) Ali Kosh (lower) ca. 6000 B.C Villages […]


The Egyptian Collection

By: Anonymous

The Egyptian collection of the University Museum came into being during the last decade of the 1800’s. It was then that Dr. William Pepper, Provost of the University, backed by Dr. Charles C. Harrison, Chair­man of the Ways and Means Committee, had “conceived the idea of drawing wealthy and prominent Philadelphians who were interested in […]


The Museum in the Field

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“To be a good (archaeological) finder one needs a peculiar quality which is not altogether erudition—the hog which is most lucky at finding truffles is not always the fattest, best eating hog—on the contrary.” Sara Yorke Stevenson Sara Stevenson’s sense of humor, of which the above is a good example, enlivens her correspondence and publications. […]


The University, the Museum and the Study of Ancient Egypt

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“The Eckley B. Coxe, Jr. Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania did solid but unsensational work in Nubia and then moved north to Dendereh and Memphis.” (John Wilson, Signs and Wonders upon Pharaoh. A History of American Egyptology, 151). This quotation, the only substantial reference to the University Museum’s Egyptologists program in the best and […]


University Museum Research Projects

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Sumerian Dictionary Project Director: Dr. Ake W. Sjöberg (Babylonian Section, University Museum) Sponsors: University Museum, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phoebe T. Haas Trust The Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project Bas initiated in 1976. The aim of the Project is to produce the first comprehensive dictionary of the world’s first written language, Sumerian. This Dictionay will […]


In the Galleries Spring – 2014

In The Spotlight: Preserving Chinese History

By: anonymous

Thanks to a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and support from Michael Feng, C79, and Winnie Chin Feng, NU79, Museum visitors will have an opportunity to view conservators at work in the China Gallery. Through July 2014, conservators are performing a close examination of each centimeter of the two […]