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Volume 58 : Articles

Returning to the Study of Things

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Book News + Reviews

By: Tiffany C. Cain

Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics, and the Archaeology of the Recent Past By Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir, eds. (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2014), 496 pages, over 170 figures, $240.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-415-52362-2. It is not often that works of such divergent methodological and thematic approaches can come together with a common conviction: that things […]


Changing Perceptions about Warfare

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Book News + Reviews

By: Whittaker Schroder

Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and The Andes By Andrew K. Scherer and John W. Verano, eds. (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 2014), 432 pages, 130 halftones, 90 line illustrations, 11 tables, $65.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-88402-395-1 The modern perception of warfare in the PreColumbian Americas has suffered from misconceptions as to the nature […]


Meet Our Members

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Member News

Isabella de la Houssaye is a member of the Penn Museum’s Loren Eiseley Society and serves on its Director’s Council. She is the co-owner of Material Culture, a furniture and antique emporium and auction house in Philadelphia. Tell us about your background and how it connects you to the Museum. I received my degree in […]


Museum News

Architectural Team Selected for Harrison and Coxe Wings Renovation Project The Penn Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Gluckman Tang Architects to design infrastructure renovations for the Harrison and Coxe Wings, housing its signature galleries of ancient Egyptian and Asian collections, as well as the Harrison Auditorium and Egyptian store rooms. Gluckman Tang, […]


Looking Back

N0. 245 Caffee Arabe A young man and an old man sit on a bench while playing mancala in Cairo, Egypt, ca. 1880. Photographs such as this, by the accomplished Greek Zangaki brothers (active 1870s–1890s), were made for tourists, who wanted exotic images from the lands they visited. UPM image #152495.