Volume 52 : Articles

Remembering Bill Coe (1926-2009)


By: Robert Sharer

Dr. William R. Coe, Curator Emeritus of the American Section and Professor Emeritus in the Anthropology Department, was something of a legend within the Museum’s American Section. He learned his archaeology at Penn (B.A. 1950, M.A. 1953, and Ph.D. 1958), joined the Penn faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1959, and became an Assistant Curator at […]

Museum Mosaic – Spring 2010

People, Places, Projects

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 […]

A Conservation Management Plan for Preserving Gordion and Its Environs

Field Notes

By: Ayşe Gursan-Salzmann and Evin H. Erder

In 1950 a Penn Museum team under Rodney Young’s direction began excavations at the site of Gordion in central Turkey, the capital of the Phrygian kingdom and the power center of Midas, famous for his alleged golden touch. The early excavations focused primarily on the Iron Age remains (9th–7th centuries BCE), and yielded a wealth of […]

Off the Beaten Path in England and Spain

Book News & Reviews

By: Richard Hodges

The Isle of Thanet from Prehistory to the Norman Conquest by Gerald Moody (Stroud: Tempus, 2008). 188 pp., 103 illus., cloth, £17.99, ISBN 978-0-752-44689-9. Every part of southern England has a rich and almost continuous archaeological history, from the Upper Palaeolithic era onward. The little-known Isle of Thanet, southeast of London—a peninsula projecting north-eastward off the […]


Keeping Visual Field Notes in Vietnam

By: Carol Hendrickson

It was five thirty in the morning on my second day in Vietnam. Propelled by jet lag and an interest in what lay beyond my hotel room, I headed off to the parklands surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi. I had traveled to Vietnam with a group of faculty and students from Marlboro College […]

Time Periods in Southeastern Rajasthan

By: Teresa P. Raczek and Namita S. Sugandhi

The Mewar Plain has been occupied since the Paleolithic; as a result, sites of various time periods can be found every few kilometers, and sometimes even more closely packed. Here is a description of the main recognized time periods that can be found at Chatrikhera: Mesolithic 5000–3000 BC. Nomadic hunting and gathering groups travelled through […]

In the Heart of the Village

Exploring Archaeological Remains in Chatrikhera Village, Rajasthan, India

By: Teresa P. Raczek and Namita S. Sugandhi

It was a sweltering day in June of 2009. We were walking in the sun, striving to finish our survey work in the cotton fields in the few days that remained before the monsoon arrived. The villagers had already plowed the fields several times, which brought fresh artifacts to the surface and helped our study. […]