March/April Calendar of Events

March/April 2010 Calendar of Events
at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website:

March 3
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture Series
Lascaux: Caves of Wonder
Exploring ancient caves in the south of France, a group of boys in 1940 discovered 17,000-year-old paintings and artifacts made by our early ancestors. Harold Dibble, Curator-in-Charge, European Archaeology Section, discusses this great discovery and the impact it has had in the field of paleoanthropology. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the door, FREE for Museum Members and PennCard holders. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 12 and 13
Friday, 6:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Symposium
The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Emulation and Imitation in the Ancient World
When groups in the ancient world interacted, there was an inevitable amount of borrowing from one another. What was borrowed and what was the objective of the imitators? The study of emulation and imitation in antiquity can be approached from many angles, through such topics as the borrowing of literary forms from other cultures or individuals, the formation of political identity, the mass production of luxury goods in cheaper materials, or the diffusion of art styles. In all cases, it can be argued that emulation and imitation were both forces for cultural continuity as well as change. Gala event featuring Egyptologist Robert Ritner from the University of Chicago on Friday evening, followed by day-long symposium on Saturday. For additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

March 17
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
Bactrian Gold: Jewelry Workshop Traditions at Tillya Tepe, Afghanistan
Jane Hickman, Editor, Expedition magazine, speaks. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 20
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Annual Korsyn Lecture
North, West, and South from the Valley of the Kings: A Pilgrim's Journey
Based upon his fieldwork at a number of sites around Egypt including the Valley of the Kings, Kharga Oasis, and the Isis Temple at Philae Island (Aswan), Eugene Cruz-Uribe, Professor of History, Northern Arizona University, discusses the role of pilgrimage in ancient Egypt, especially during Roman and Byzantine times. This program is sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $5; $3 for Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 24
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
Pre-Columbian Monumental Earthworks of the Amazon
Clark L. Erickson, Associate Curator, American Section, speaks. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 26
Friday, 7:00 pm
Peterson Lecture and Drexel Award Presentation
The Million-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle: Excavating a Cargo of Medieval Glass
George F. Bass, Professor Emeritus, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University, and former curator at the Penn Museum, receives the Drexel Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Archaeology, before offering this talk.
Between 1977 and 1979, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University excavated a shipwreck from about AD 1025. The ship had carried a cargo of three tons of broken glass meant to be recycled. For the next two decades conservators worked year round to piece the glass back together, publishing their results in 2009. No less important was the reassembly of the ship's hull, and the tools, weapons, ceramics, games, and personal possessions it contained. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. Reception with cash bar to follow: Free for Penn Museum members at the Fellows level and above; $15 general admission. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 27
Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday Conference
Who Owns Underwater Cultural Heritage? Perspectives on Archaeological Law and Ethics in the Mediterranean
This conference presents a forum for archaeologists working in territorial and international waters to discuss which legal and ethical standards direct our collective responsibility as stewards of world cultural heritage. International experts from academic and professional fields address the guidelines for archaeological practice outlined in the 2001 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, and which took effect in 2009. Archaeologists working in Mediterranean waters and representatives from countries around this sea consider how these guidelines should affect survey and excavation by North American and collaborative research teams in this historically multicultural environment. Co-sponsored by the Museum's Cultural Heritage Center. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 31
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
An Urban Center of Egypt's Middle Kingdom: The Archaeology of the Town of Wah-Sut
Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, speaks. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215) 898-4890.

March 31
Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Evening Lecture with Colonel Matthew Bogdanos
Thieves of Baghdad
In 2003, following the pillaging of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, the United States dispatched a highly specialized multi-agency task force to the site to determine what happened and how to recover as many stolen artifacts as possible. U.S. Marine Colonel and New York Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, who holds a master's degree in Classics from Columbia University, volunteered to lead that investigation. In this talk, he describes his team's recovery of thousands of history's most priceless antiquities, details the ongoing efforts of the international community, and exposes the black market in stolen antiquities that is funding terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Book signing to follow the lecture. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 7
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture
Lucy in Our Eyes with Diamonds
The fossil from Ethiopia called Lucy turned the paleoanthropology world upside down! Janet Monge, Acting-Curator-in-Charge, Physical Anthropology Section, talks about the find, and discusses why Lucy continues to be the most talked about fossil in all of human history. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for Museum Members and PennCard holders. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 9, 10, and 11
Friday, 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
28th Annual Maya Weekend
Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power
More than a dozen world-renowned Maya scholars come together at this annual event, featuring illustrated talks, engaging films, interactive hieroglyphic workshops for beginners and more advanced glyph readers-and an optional Maya banquet with an after dinner speaker. With this year's theme, Maya Women, the Weekend takes a closer look at the central role that women have always played in the social history of Maya peoples. Whether sustaining Classic Era dynasties or advocating for justice in contemporary Latin America, Maya women are commanding figures. In many households, they anchor daily life and religious practice for their families and communities. Over centuries they have been pivotal figures resisting cultural annihilation, and today many have become successful political leaders and entrepreneurs. Admission: $175; $140 Museum members. Dinners and lunches, additional fees. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 15
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Evening Lecture
The Secrets of Tomb 10A: The Tomb of Djehutynakht at Bersha
Rita Freed, John F. Cogan, Jr., and Mary L. Comille Chair, Art of the Ancient World, Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, speak at this program, sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $5; $3 for Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 16, 17
Friday, 6:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Experience
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities through games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags-to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world! Advance reservations: $50 per person, $45 Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 18
Sunday, 1:00 pm
New Series! Travel the World in a Day
Rome the Eternal City
Guests to the Penn Museum's new Travel the World in a Day series have the opportunity to take an armchair tour of distinctive locales as seen through the ages-no passport required! From its founding more than 2,800 years ago, Rome has become known as an "eternal city" world-renowned for its architecture. In this afternoon program, a panel of speakers explore four time periods of this astounding city: Classical Rome, one of history's most powerful civilizations; Medieval Rome; Renaissance Rome; and Modern Rome, a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis. Admission: $20; $15 Penn Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

April 28
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Penn Museum Scholars Series
Prehistoric Research and Heritage Management in Luang Prabang Laos
Joyce C. White, Associate Curator, Asian Section, and Co-Director, Middle Mekong Archaeology Project, speaks. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Information: (215) 898-4890.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2 and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call (215) 898-4000.



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