Penn Museum’s World-renowned Mesopotamian Collection from Ur is the Centerpiece Of a New Exhibition Exploring Iraq’s Ancient Cultural Heritage
PHILADELPHIA, PA—In 1922—the same year that Howard Carter made headlines with the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt—the Penn Museum and the British Museum embarked upon a joint expedition to the ancient site of Ur in southern Iraq. Led by British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, this expedition astonished the world by uncovering an extraordinary 4,500-year-old royal cemetery with more than 2,000 burials that detailed a remarkable ancient Mesopotamian civilization at the height of its glory.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Welcome! Swagatam! Willkomen! Emedi!
International students and scholars new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend this year’s annual welcome reception on Friday, 09 October 2009, 5pm to 7pm. The International Students Reception is held in the majestic Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, in Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has opened the door to its new home on the web at www.penn.museum. This new website offers a fresh new design, expanded research content, and behind-the-scenes features, as well as dynamic, interactive, and multimedia functionality to engage visitors at multiple levels.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Visitors to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology can now enjoy an English or Spanish audio tour of the Museum's galleries. The Highlights of the Collections Tour can be accessed through an Orpheo Classic handset (available to rent at the main entrance: $5 per person; $4 per person for Museum members and groups of 10 to 30) or via a free podcast download from iTunes. Wi-Fi hotspots in many of the Museum's public spaces allow visitors to access the podcast and other Museum content from laptops or smart phones.
An Evening of Talks, Tutored Tastings, and a Book signing with Penn Museum’s Patrick McGovern and Dogfish Head Brewery’s Sam Calagione, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm
Event Includes All Three of the Re-Created Ancient Ales from Dogfish Head--Midas Touch, Chateau Jiahu, and Theobroma—Plus a Surprise Beverage
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Patrick McGovern, biomolecular archaeologist at the Penn Museum and the leading authority on ancient fermented beverages, and Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, team up to talk about how ancient ales and extreme beverages are discovered and brought back to life. The event is Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages, an evening of talks, tastings, and a book signing, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.
Tickets to the special program can be purchased online. Advance tickets to the special program are $60; $45 for Penn Museum members. Tickets at the door, based on availability, are $75. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: www.penn.museum/calendar
02 November 2009
Museums, Antiquities, and Cultural Property
James Cuno, President and Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and author of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage, presents his views and engages in discussion on the importance of cultural heritage and the control and ownership of antiquities in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Museum's Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: pay-what-you-like. Reservations requested. Information: (215) 898-4890.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit our online calendar: www.penn.museum/calendar
09 September through 28 October 2009
Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7pm
Vinyasa Yoga in the Galleries
Lauren Brown, certified yoga instructor, offers yoga sessions in the beautiful setting of the Penn Museum’s atmospheric galleries. This weekly Wednesday evening class, designed to accommodate all levels of ability, focuses on basic yoga positions for building strength and increasing endurance. Beginners are welcome. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothing. Class size is limited. $12 per class. Information: (215) 898-4890.
30 JULY 2009, PHILADELPHIA, PA—One of the great archaeological illustrators of the 20th century, Piet de Jong spent the summer of 1957, at the invitation of excavation director Rodney Young, working at the renowned site of Gordion in central Turkey. While de Jong set about on a series of watercolors reconstructing wall paintings from a previously uncovered “Painted House,” ca. 500 BCE, Penn Museum excavators were making a now-famous discovery: they penetrated a large, exceptionally well-preserved grave mound, known as the “Midas Mound” for its association with the legendary King Midas and his family. There, they found a wealth, not of gold, but of royal artifacts and information about the Phrygian people of 2700 years ago.
09 NOVEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology invites everyone to get into the spirit of the holiday season Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., when the Museum celebrates the 11th annual Peace Around the World. It’s a FREE joyous, family-oriented afternoon filled with theater in the galleries, international music and dancing, choir music by children and adults, magic, exotic face-painting, a family craft, free treats for children, and more! (Attendees can even take advantage of special reduced-rate parking in Penn Garage 7, Convention Avenue off South Street, when they validate their parking ticket at Penn Museum).
15 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Friday, 15 December 2006 Penn Museum's all-volunteer Women's Committee handed over a giant-sized check--one with five zeros before the decimal point--to Museum Director Jeremy Sabloff, at their monthly meeting. Women's Committee Chair Mrs. Stephen Goff (Marguerite) passed the honor of handing over the check to Mrs. Cummins Catherwood (Susan), Mrs. Robert E. McQuiston (Missy), and Mrs. Michael Heavener (Suchinda), co-chairs of the Women's Committee's second annual show and sale, "TREASURES...from the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail." An additional $3,000 was donated to the museum in honor of each chair.
19 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Tena Thomason, Penn Museum’s Special Events Coordinator, is the latest recipient of the Director’s Award—established by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to honor exceptional staff and volunteer achievement. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, surprised Ms Thomason with the presentation this morning, at a weekly senior staff meeting.
19 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Squeal for joy! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology ushers in the Year of the Pig Saturday, 20 January 2007 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with its 26th annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Music and dance performances, food, healing and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, arts, crafts, children's activities and much more—topped off with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance grand finale—are all part of the spectacular day-long celebration, FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 general admission; $5 students and seniors; free for children under 6, Museum members and PennCard holders).
09 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and Director of excavations at the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and Bahariya Oasis, offers a special public talk, “The Riddle of the Pyramids and the Magic of King Tut,” Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.
14 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, storytelling, arts and crafts, culture and cuisine—it all comes together at the 18th annual Celebration of African Cultures Saturday, 17 February from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The event, an annual extravaganza, is FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 for adults; $5 students and senior citizens; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PENNcard holders).
ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN THE MAKING, FOR CHILDREN AGES 7 TO 13
26 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—For the summer of 2007, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can participate in a day camp that takes them through time and across continents—at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.
29 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Penn Museum was host this morning to six Egyptians—five conservators and an archaeologist—in Philadelphia to help with the installation of the blockbuster exhibition, “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at The Franklin Institute.
Joining them was a film crew from the National Geographic Television and Film company, documenting the visit for use in an upcoming, PBS documentary, “Inside: The King Tut Exhibit” (working title) to run in the fall of 2007.
30 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Classical Studies, School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, was elected the 30th President of the Archaeological Institute of America. The four-year appointment, which began 06 January 2007, runs through 2010.
Exhibition at Penn Museum 17 March 2007 through 16 June 2007
The architectural remains of ancient Rome were a major source of inspiration to renowned 18th century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, whose remarkable etchings captured the melancholy splendor of “ruined Rome” as never before. Piranesi: The Grandeur of Ancient Rome, an exhibition of 60 of Piranesi’s etchings, original prints from the 18th century, comes to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia.
23 FEBRUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Internationally-renowned beer expert Michael Jackson, also known as The Beer Hunter®, returns to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for his 17th annual visit on March 9th and 10th, when he presides over two special programs: a Friday evening beer dinner, and the ever-popular Saturday beer tastings.
On Friday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m., Penn Museum and Museum Catering Company present an "Extreme Beer Dinner," a reception and three course dinner offered in the Museum's Lower Egyptian gallery and featuring some of Michael Jackson's selections of fine beers. Mr. Jackson, author of The Great Beer Guide, and the Pocket Guide to Beer, has selected beers branded “extreme” for their exotic flavors and power to thrill taste buds. Dinner reservations are $75; Museum members, $60. For reservations, call 215/898-4890.
07 MARCH 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Of all the times in ancient Egypt’s long history, the Amarna Period (circa 1353 to 1336 BCE) is one of the most intriguing. In little more than a generation, the religious, artistic, and political order of Egyptian civilization was radically altered—and then restored. Egyptologists continue to make important discoveries about this time—and to debate their meaning.
On Saturday, March 31, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosts a gathering of prominent Egyptologists from two continents, offering a variety of perspectives on this revolutionary period. “Amarna: New Research and Discoveries in the Age of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun,” a full day public symposium, is co-sponsored by Archaeology Magazine and the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.