Volume 43 : Articles

Museum Mosaic – Winter 2001

People, Places, Projects

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 […]

Chicken Soup and Canvas Bags

Advice for the Field

By: Elin C. Danien

Today when the Internet is almost ubiqui­tous and air travel is as common as a walk down the lane, it’s difficult to grasp the im­mense difficulties that Mayanist archaeologists faced in the early years of the l9th century. The University of Pennsylvania Museum’s excavation of Piedras Negras provides both a reminder of those early days […]

Palmyrene Funerary Sculptures at Penn

By: Michael Danti

Today, the ancient city of Palmyra, the cara­van center and oasis of the Syrian Desert (Fig. I), evokes romantic images of Roman tem­ples and palaces nestled among palms, or Queen Zenobia and her daring revolt against Rome in AD 269-70. Today Tadmor, as the ruins are known, is one of the Syrian Arab Republic’s most […]

Moving the Museum’s Ethnographic Collections

A Conservation Approach

By: Leslie Guy

Beginning in January 2002 the Museum will be relocating almost 100,000 ethnographic artifacts from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania into the Mainwaring Wing, a new 35,000 square foot storage and research facility. There is tremendous variety in the objects contained within these collections, from minuscule Inuit fishing equipment, fragile Japanese war prints, and delicate […]

The Women of Yassihöyük, Turkey

Changing Roles in a New Economy

By: Ayşe Gursan-Salzmann

It is widely acknowledged that women are the mainstay of household operations. especially in rural agricultural communities, and their contri­butions encompass in large part field labor, food processing, and traditional crafts. In subsistence economies these constitute unpaid, “fill-in” tasks. However, this portrait has been changing rapidly in Turkey in the last 50-60 years, specifically in […]

Work Parties and Raised Field Groups in the Bolivian Amazon

By: John H. Walker

The Amazon River moves more water and sediment than any other river in the world, and at the mouth of the river, fresh water extends for forty miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. The area drained by this mighty river is about the same size as the continental United States and comparatively little archaeological research […]

Historic Glass from Block 49, a Mormon Site in the Salt Lake Valley

Research Notes

By: Benjamin Pykles

A hallmark of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the strictly observed health code known as the Word of Wisdom, which prohibits the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and harmful drugs. Less known is that the Word of Wisdom has not always been as strictly adhered to as it is presently. […]

The Grass is Always Greener in the Boma

Science & Archaeology

By: Mac Marston

The two main components of archaeological fieldwork are locating sites and then excavating them. Site survey is necessary to locate culturally important areas for excavation unless they remain obvious and well known to locals. At the opposite end of the spectrum are sites like bomas, the traditional settlements of the Maasai people of Kenya. These […]

The Hand of Fate in Tatiana Proskouriakoff’s Career

From the Archives

By: Alex Pezzati

Of all the brilliant minds that have lit up the firmament of ancient Maya studies, there is none that arouses as much admi­ration, inspiration, and outright devotion as Tatiana Proskouriakoff (1909-1985). After seminal studies on the architecture and sculpture of the Maya, Proskouriakoff made her greatest contribution by going against the current and discov­ering the […]

Etruscan Sandals: Fancy Footwear from the Sixth Century BC

What in the World

By: Ann Blair Brownlee and Jean MacIntosh Turfa

In October of 2002, three new galleries will join “The Ancient Greek World” to form a suite devoted to the cultures of ancient Greece and Italy. In developing “The Etruscan World,” we had the wonderful experi­ence of working with one of the most important Etruscan collections in the country. Although many of the objects are […]