As one might expect with any multi-faceted research group,
the Penn Museum's current projects are a mix of those that have grown out of archaeological questions raised
by earlier findings—thus the expansion of the Mesopotamian Metals Project (MMP) to encompass the
Luristan region on the Iranian Plateau—and those which break new ground both techologically and
culturally. Noteworthy new projects is its contribution to an international program
for the study of the early history of pastoral people of Laikipia, Kenya.