The Museum Journal

Originally published from 1910–1935, the Museum Journal includes articles which may not reflect the current views and values of the Penn Museum.

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The scope and purpose of the Journal make it a standard publication of merit, containing much information regarding exploration and kindred topics which cannot be had elsewhere... It will relate the history of expeditions in the field and give descriptions of all new acquisitions.
A New Departure — Volume I - Number 1 (1910)
Portrait of men on the aerial expedition in front of their plane

Aerial Expedition to Mexico and Central America

This 1930 expedition investigated the ancient Maya civilization of Central America from both air and land, particularly in those areas not previously covered by either method. Along with taking breathtaking photographs, the expedition also discovered several new archaeological sites amongst the rainforest and rivers, and provided new geographical and ethnological data.

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A silver harp in situ at Ur

Joint Expedition of The British Museum and The University Museum to Mesopotamia

Ur was one of the first famous archaeological digs. The excavations uncovered some of the most well-known and celebrated art from Mesopotamia. These excavations in southern Iraq lasted from 1922 to 1934, and entranced the press and readers in the US and England with the magic of archaeology and ties to familiar biblical stories. C. Leonard Woolley directed the Joint Expedition of the British Museum and the Penn Museum, and the copious artifacts were divided between these two museums and the Baghdad Museum in Iraq.

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Edith Hall Dohan

Edith Hall Dohan

Dohan was an mediterranean archaeologist who brought the first Mycenaean and pre-Mycenaean collection to the United States for display. She excavated throughout Greece, including in Crete, Sphoungaras, and Vrokastro. She was the second American woman to direct an archaeological excavation on Crete and the third woman ever to in Greece, going on to become Curator of the Mediterranean Section at the Penn Museum.

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William C. Farabee

William C. Farabee

Farabee was one of the great forgotten American explorers and anthropologists. He lead the Penn Museum’s Amazon expedition, a three-year journey up and down the Amazon River and its tributaries, exploring and mapping remote regions. He collected vast amounts of detailed enthographic records, and helped found the study of human genetics.

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Clarence S. Fisher

Clarence S. Fisher

Fisher was called “the ablest field archaeologist in America,” and helped invent the “American Method” of excavation. He was Curator of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, and led excavations throughout Egypt, and discovered the palace of Merenptah in Memphis.

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