Introducing Penn Museum, then and now
Category: Issue 30
Richard Hodges, our regular columnist has recently been appointed Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, America. This is one of the world’s great museums, sending out expeditions to every corner of the globe. So when Richard proposed a special issue of Current World Archaeology, devoted to the work of Penn Museum (as it is known for short), we leapt at the opportunity to report on some of the world’s most impressive archaeological projects.
Penn Museum was founded on a grandiose scale in the 1880s, and we open the issue with a review of its rollercoaster history. We then follow with two features on the great civilization of the Maya of Mesoamerica. This is an area in which Penn has taken a particular interest. Already in the 1950s and ’60s, they busied themselves at glorious Tikal (our cover shot). Currently, they are digging at Cop
Excavations beneath Copán have unearthed unexpected information about this powerful Maya site.
Penn’s Prof. Brian Rose takes us to Troy, the site he has excavated for the past 20 years
Simon Martin on cracking the all-important Maya code
How did the city of Sweyhat thrive in the Mesopotamian outback?
David Gilman Romano reports on Zeus’ cultic site, with its mountain-top ash alter, famed throughout Ancient Greek
Until recently, the Middle Mekong Basin has been terra incognita, archaeologically speaking. Now, a team is revealing its past.
Richard Hodges The Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology, considers the Museum’s future
Modern techniques are being used to recreate a 2,000 year old scientific instrument discovered in the wreck of a Roman ship
Cuds of masticated seaweed, dating from 14,220 and 13,980 have been found in hearths at Monte Verde settlement in southern Chile
The Buddhas of Bamiyan have revealed oil paints being used to decorate associated caves in the mid 7th century AD
Though huge distances separate the islands of Fiji from the nearest continents, the Lapita people made the 3,000km journey around 1100BC