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

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Penn Museum was founded on a grandiose scale in the 1880s, and we open the…

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Introducing Penn Museum, then and now

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Excavations beneath Copán have unearthed unexpected information about this powerful Maya site.

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Penn's Prof. Brian Rose takes us to Troy, the site he has excavated for the…

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Simon Martin on cracking the all-important Maya code

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How did the city of Sweyhat thrive in the Mesopotamian outback?

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David Gilman Romano reports on Zeus' cultic site, with its mountain-top ash alter, famed throughout…

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Until recently, the Middle Mekong Basin has been terra incognita, archaeologically speaking. Now, a team…

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Richard Hodges The Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, considers…

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Modern techniques are being used to recreate a 2,000 year old scientific instrument discovered in…

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Cuds of masticated seaweed, dating from 14,220 and 13,980 have been found in hearths at…

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The Buddhas of Bamiyan have revealed oil paints being used to decorate associated caves in…