University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Region: Egypt

Amelia Edwards and the New Aswan Dam

drawing of Great rock-cut Temple, Abu Simbel

By: David Crownover

The second river of Paradise is said to have run through the Biblical land of Kush or Nubia. Modern Nubia actually consists of 22,000 square miles of austere sandstone, granite, and desert. Though no boundaries exist where Egypt ends and Nubia begins, the latter extends from Aswan to Khartum. A land of measureless silence punctuated […]


photo of Tomb
The University Museum - Yale University Expedition

By: William Kelly Simpson

Once before, in the years 1905-1911, the University Museum conducted a series of excavations in Nubia on the occasion of the heightening of the dam at Aswan. The direction of the expedition was in the capable hands of the late Dr. David Randall-MacIver and of Leonard (later Sir Leonard) Woolley, who subsequently went on to […]

A Faience Stela from the New Kingdom

By: Alan R. Schulman

Among the unpublished finds of the University Museum’s excavations at ancient Memphis in 1915-1923 is the faience stela shown here. It bears the Museum registration number E 13578 and measures 22cm. by 25cm. It was originally covered with a light blue-green glaze, which is still preserved in the upper right portion. Elsewhere the glaze has […]

Archaeological Salvage in Egypt

picture of Froelich Rainey

By: Froelich Rainey

At a recent meeting in the University Museum, Mrs. Nicholas Roosevelt told us that she remembered with nostalgia Sir Leonard Woolley’s camp at Abu Simble near the base of the colossal figures of Rameses II. That was fifty years ago and Sir Leonard was then representing the University Museum in an earlier “crash program” for archaeological […]

A Group of Theban Tombs

Work of the Eckley B. Coxe Jr. Expedition to Egypt

By: Clarence S. Fisher

During the winter seasons of 1921-22 and 1922-23 the University Museum chose for its field of operations in Egypt a portion of the necropolis of Thebes. This cemetery stretches for several miles along the western bank of the Nile opposite Luxor and has rightly been considered for many ages one of the most important localities […]

Egyptian Section – March 1911

Philae, The Forsaken.

By: George Byron Gordon

The modern books of travel in Egypt never fail to praise the beauty of Philae. The nineteenth century traveler on the Nile found in this green islet, set like an antique gem in the midst of the rude waters of the first cataract, a charm on which his memory seemed especially to linger, and which […]

Egyptian Section – December 1910

The Eckley B. Coxe Expedition.

By: C. Leonard Woolley

While Dr. MacIver carried on at Halfa the main work of the season, described in the last number of the Journal, I was detailed to clear the town and fortress of Karanog, some eighty miles to the north. When the work was completed,1 a little time remained at my disposal, and I turned my attention […]

Egyptian Section – September 1910

The Eckley B. Core Junior Expedition

By: David Randall-Maciver

The first number of the Museum Journal contained a brief notice of the fourth Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Lower Nubia. In this number I propose to give some further details of that part of the work which was carried on near Haifa, while in the next number Mr. C. L. Woolley will describe his studies […]

Egyptian Section – June 1910

The Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition.

By: David Randall-Maciver

The excavations of the Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Nubia were carried on during the winter and spring at two distinct sites, viz., Anibeh and Halfa.  At the former place Mr. C. Leonard Woolley cleared and planned a remarkable castle and part of a town built by the people whose graves provided us two […]

A Vase of Xerxes

By: A.T.C.

As early as 1762 Count Caylus published an account of a marble vase in the Cabinet des Médailles de Bibliotheque National, at Paris, inscribed with cuneiform and hieroglyphic characters. But at that time it was not possible to read the inscription. After some progress has been made in the decipherment of the cuneiform script, through […]