Summer is the season for exploration.
Italy, Greece, Egypt, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, India, China, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, U.S.A. (New Mexico and North Carolina)—this summer break, 33 University of Pennsylvania students (11 undergraduate and 23 graduate students) doing research around the country and around the world, will be funded in part by competitive Penn Museum summer field research grants.
Students with a focus in Anthropology, the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, Egyptology, Classical Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization departments—but also work in English, History, Assyriology and Museum Studies—take their research interests out and abroad. The projects, supported by Penn and Penn Museum advisors, are diverse, and the experiences promise to be equally varied.
We may not be able to travel with them, but we've invited the students to blog about their summer adventures—and discoveries—on Beyond the Gallery Walls, the Penn Museum blog. You can find the student research blog posts here.
Make sure to comment on their posts, and let the researchers know you are following their work as it unfolds!
Photos (from top): Doctoral student Annie Chan records the outline of a stone cairn with an RTK mobile station in Xinjiang, China; Doctoral student Sam Holzman, excavating in Thrace, Greece, shows one of the day's finds from the house to a student during the tour of the trenches; Team members from the Rowanduz Archaeological Program pose for a photo in Iraqi Kurdistan (from left: Abdullah (the team's workman), Emad (the driver), Shakir (an antiquities rep), Hemen (crouching, another antiquities rep), doctoral student Darren Ashby, Dr. Richard Zettler (University of Pennsylvania), Melissa Sharp (Cambridge), Anashya Srinavasan (Boston University).