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Penn Museum Symposium

Join us in Philadelphia: October 6-8, 2016 at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

The Conservation Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2016. To commemorate the establishment of the department, the Penn Museum is hosting a symposium on issues relating to archaeology, anthropology, and conservation. The symposium will explore how conservation of these materials has evolved over the past half century, the ways in which conservators may inform and support the work of archaeologists and anthropologists, and the development of cross-disciplinary engagement.


Thursday 6 October 2016 Full day of talks, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Postcard display, ongoing
Evening reception and keynote lecture, 4:30pm - 7pm
Friday 7 October 2016 Full day of talks, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Postcard display, ongoing
Saturday 8 October 2016 Possible Half-day workshop, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-registration will be required; more details to follow

Full schedule will be available during summer of 2016.


Registration for the Engaging Conservation symposium includes two days of talks, two lunches, morning and afternoon breaks, hors d’oeuvres reception, and keynote lecture.

Register for Conference

Registration deadline: 15 August 2016
Late registration deadline: 28 September 2016
On-site registration will be available, however, lunch will not be included.

Registration rates
  • Regular: $99
  • Student: $30
  • Penn student: $25
  • Penn faculty/staff: $50
  • Museum member: $50
  • Single day: $60
Late and on-site rates*
  • Regular: $125
  • Student: $55
  • Penn student: $50
  • Penn faculty/staff: $75
  • Museum member: $75
  • Single day: $85
*(on-site registration does not include lunch)

Keynote only: $5; Museum members: Free


Deadline: 4 April 2016

Long-Format Submissions

Professionals in archaeology, anthropology, or conservation are encouraged to submit abstracts (300 word limit) to by 4 April 2016 for consideration. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Funds toward travel and lodging are available for speakers. Successful applicants will be required to submit the full text and presentation by 30 September 2016. A resulting peer-reviewed publication is planned. In addition to full-length papers, we also invite short-format submissions; see details below.

Recommended topics to consider, though others are welcome, include:
  • History of archaeological or anthropological conservation, particularly in university museums
  • Facilitating collaboration between conservators and archaeologists or anthropologists, or other interested parties
  • How conservation supports field projects
  • Advocacy for including conservation in planning and budget development
  • Planning for conservation in the development of an excavation plan, including funding conservation in the field
  • Education and training
  • Treatment techniques
  • Analysis of materials
  • Teaching conservation topics to archaeologists and anthropologists

Short-Format Submissions

In addition to full-length papers, we also invite short-format submissions on topics listed above as well as those related to practical tips and techniques, insights, or questions relating to the symposium theme. Please submit abstracts (300 word limit) to by 4 April 2016 for consideration. These submissions are limited to 5 minutes or less, and an informal approach is appropriate. Successful short-format applicants will be required to submit a digital copy by 30 September 2016 and will be included in the publication following the same guidelines as the full-length papers.

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

Please include the following details in a single Word document attached to your email for your paper submission:
  • Name(s) – Please note designated speaker. All writers will be credited.
  • Institution and position (for each)
  • Email address(es) for all authors
  • Bio Statement – 50 word limit (for each)
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract – 300 word limit
  • Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the full-length or short-format presentations.

Successful applicants will be required to submit the full text and presentation by 30 September 2016.

Support for PowerPoint presentations will be available. For other presentation formats, please inquire about capabilities in advance.

Preliminary Guidelines for Publication

Papers submitted for the symposium will be included in a peer-reviewed proceedings publication. Full text submissions are required by 30 September 2016. Any revisions resulting from symposium discussion or feedback must be submitted by 30 October 2016. These guidelines are to help in planning. Detailed instructions will be provided to accepted authors. Please use the following style guidelines.


Please use American English spelling and grammar with a single space following a period at the end of a sentence. Use the Chicago Manual of Style standard style guide for citations.


Long-format papers can be up to 6,000 words.
Short-format papers can be up to 2,000 words.


Please submit as a Word .doc or .docx.


Images should be submitted as print quality .tiff, .jpg, or .pdf files, typically with a minimum of 300 dpi at the appropriate print size. They should include captions, credit information, dates (where applicable), and any notes pertaining to the capture details for scientific imaging. By submitting images, the author states that s/he has the rights to the images and is giving permission for reproducing them.

Postcards for Tips, Insights, Questions

No advance submission is required for postcards.


The symposium will feature a space for posting tips, insights, questions, or other short communications related to the theme of the symposium in the form of a postcard. All attendees are invited to add their contributions.

Recommended postcard size is 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm). Contributors may produce just one for posting or may consider producing a small number of cards for distribution.

In addition to prepared contributions, blank cards and markers will be available at the symposium for attendees to share thoughts as they are inspired through the presentations or conversations of the symposium.


To make planning your visit a little easier, we’ve assembled some local lodging and transportation resources below. This map, created by the University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, is a nice resource for putting it all into local context.

For more information about Philadelphia, visit the extensive Wikipedia entry.

If you are planning an extended stay, here is a tourism resource for you to explore.


Sheraton University City
3549 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 387-8000
Easy walk (5 blocks) from Museum
The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 222-0200
Easy walk (4 blocks) from Museum

Homewood Suites, University City Philadelphia
4109 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 382-1111
Longish walk (about 12 blocks) from Museum.
Public transit available: LUCY (public bus), Route 42, Route 21
Club Quarters
1628 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 282-5000

Easy Public transit to Museum

For more ambience, many privately run options are available. For example, the Gables Bed and Breakfast, is easy to reach using public transit.

Transportation Information

Philadelphia is centrally located on the eastern seaboard. It is easily accessible by plane, train, car, or various other forms of transportation. The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a short ride to Center City (downtown) Philadelphia, which is also nationally serviced by Amtrak (train) and locally by SEPTA (regional rail, bus (including LUCY), trolley, and subway). Below are some specifics on how to get to the Penn Museum and Center City.

From PHL to Penn Museum/Philadelphia

Airport Line Regional Rail: The one-way fare to Philadelphia is $8.00 cash only ($1.00 additional for connections to other SEPTA Regional Rail Lines at 30th Street, Suburban Station, and Jefferson (Market East) Station. SEPTA Airport Regional Rail Line platforms can be accessed from the pedestrian walkways between the terminals and the bag claims at Terminals A-East, B, C, D, and E (Terminal F passengers board/exit at Terminal E). Trains depart every 30 minutes between 5:09 AM and 12:09 AM and stop at Terminals E, C/D, B, and A-East before continuing to Eastwick, University City, 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, and Jefferson (Market East) Station. The latter 2 stations are in Center City (downtown) Philadelphia.

Taxicabs Various companies; fares $25.00-30.00
Buses No direct bus routes to Center City or University City
Shuttles Liberty Bell Airport Shuttle - $10.00. Others are available, though some cost more than taxis.
From 30th Street Station (AMTRAK) to the Penn Museum Walking

15-30 minute walk to the Penn Museum. A suggested route for good weather is to walk south on 30th Street to Penn Park, then turn right onto path that parallels elevated train tracks or path down center of park between sports fields. Take footbridge over tracks to Franklin Field (brick stadium), turn left and follow arcade to South Street and Museum; or take forward path, turn left on 33rd Street and proceed to Museum.

Click here to get directions on Penn's website

Taxicabs Stand is on Market Street
Buses $2.25 exact change cash fare or token
LUCY (Loop through University City – public bus), stop is on 30th Street alongside of station.
  • Green Loop: wait times vary, averaging 10 minutes. Museum is the 5th stop at 33rd and Spruce Streets.
  • Gold Loop: wait times vary, up to 18 minutes. Museum is 1 block from the 2nd stop at 34th and Spruce Streets.
From 30th Street Station to Center City and West Philadelphia Market-Frankford Line (subway/surface)

Several downtown stops. $2.25 exact change cash fare or token.

Trolley $2.25 exact change cash fare or token Route 34 eastbound stops downtown at 13th and Market Streets. Route 13 westbound travels through University City/West Philadelphia and has a Chester Avenue and 46th Street stop across the street from The Gables Bed and Breakfast.

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