An Archaeologist Walks into a Bar …
Unearthing the world’s oldest tavern while reconstructing daily life in ancient southern Mesopotamia.
At the Crossroads
The Penn Museum’s new Eastern Mediterranean Gallery casts the cradle of Abrahamic religions and alphabetic innovation as a cosmopolitan sphere—not just a conflict-ridden one.
A Golden Discovery
Charles Golden Gr’02 is focused on the “everyday world” of the Maya.
Two Apologies, and a Reckoning Over Human Remains
Apologies issued over treatment of human remains.
What Is the Future of the Past?
A new exhibition at the Penn Museum considers what is at stake when cultural heritage is destroyed in a war-torn region.
Beyond the Golden Touch
There’s a lot more to King Midas than history’s most celebrated case of “be careful what you wish for.” Drawing on decades of excavations at Gordion in modern Turkey, a blockbuster exhibition at the Penn Museum illuminates the world of ancient Phrygia’s greatest ruler.
The Small, Good Stories
The Penn Cultural Heritage Center was launched to provide a forum for an “intellectual discussion” of the meaning of heritage and the role of communities in preservation efforts. Then came the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS.