Volume 6 : Articles

Al Bendiner

By: Froelich Rainey

Probably you always remember your friends in odd circumstances. I like to remember Al Bendiner early on a Sunday morning, when we rode across the ridge back of Valley Forge and got him out of bed for morning coffee–still cheerful and hospitable and full of enthusiasm. Particularly, I remember that morning when he happily showed […]

H. Newell Wardle, 1875-1964

By: J. Alden Mason

With the death of Harriet Newell Wardle in the Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, on May 20th, at the age of eighty-nine, one of the links with the past was broken. She is affectionately remembered by the older members of the Museum staff, but was only slightly known to the newer ones, for she retired on […]

Lacrosse and the Cayuga Thunder Rite

By: Frances Eyman

Lacrosse, the great combative team sport among Indians of eastern North America, is today the national sport of canada and is a popular collegiate game in the United States and Great Britain. French Canadians began to play the Iroquois form of stick-ball before 1750. Our name for the game comes from their term for the […]

Rags and Tatters Among the Textiles of Peru

By: Ina Vanstan

The making of reconstructions of various kinds constitutes a large part of any archaeologist’s work. The final aim of such reconstruction is an overall synthesis, which pictures the whole of an ancient civilization as this can be visualized on the grounds of a tremendous volume of amassed evidence. At the opposite end of this scale, […]

The Enduring Villages of Western Mexico

photo of all objects

By: Stephan F. DeBorhegyi

At the time of the Spanish Conquest, A.D. 1520-1535, the great American civilizations were those of the Pueblo in the United States Southwest; the Aztec in Mexico; the Maya in Yucatan, southern Mexico and Guatemala; and the Inca in Peru and Bolivia. These cultures had been preceded by earlier ones which we know about today […]

Men In Search of Man

The first seventy-five years of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.

By: Percy C. Madeira, Jr.

This book, recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, is the work of a man whose concern for the welfare and activities of the University Museum has been very close for over thirty years. Mr. Madeira has been a member of the Board of Managers since 1931 and was its President from 1941 to […]

Marshall Islands Cartography

By: William H. Davenport

Cartography is an invention that is seldom encountered among primitive, that is non-literate, peoples, for it seems to be a development closely allied with writing systems. One of the rare occurrences of map making in a primitive culture- and certainly the most sophisticated of them- is in the Marshall Islands of eastern Micronesia, Pacific Ocean. Before […]

Two Tombs and a Tunnel in the Jordan Valley

Discoveries at the Biblical Zarethan

By: James B. Pritchard

The cutting of the first trench into any large antiquity site is bound to be significant, especially if the mound lies in an area which is unknown archaeologically. Our first two months of digging at the virgin site of Tell es-Sa’idiyeh were not only productive of valuable information about the culture and history of the […]

Archaeology in Pakistan

By: F.A. Khan

Pakistan has been a cradle of civilizations through the ages. It possesses one of the oldest and most distinguished cultural heritages of the world. But archaeology has a very recent growth here. There is at present only one organization, the Department of Archaeology, which is actively engaged in field and laboratory investigations. Starting from a […]

The Mythical Massacre at Mohenjo-Daro

By: George F. Dales

Nothing delights the archaeologist more than excavating the ruins from some ancient disaster–be it a flood, earthquake, invasion, or massacre. This does not reflect an inordinately ghoulish tendency in the character of archaeologists. It is simply that a much more complete picture of the life and times of an ancient site is preserved if it […]