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The Deep Dig offers in-depth adult classes taught by Penn professors and graduate students. These specially designed online courses are more academic in nature and guide participants through subjects connected to the Penn Museum’s collection and research. In addition to engaging lectures from the expert, digital readings, online archival research, and access to videos help adult scholars dig deeply into a range of topics.

A team of people excavating an area of Gordion.

The Archaeology of Gordion

Royal City of Midas

C. Brian Rose

Since 1950, the Penn Museum has conducted excavations at Gordion, a site in central Turkey that was once the capital of the Phrygian kingdom and the royal city of King Midas, famous for his “golden touch.” Alexander the Great journeyed there in 333 BCE to cut the Gordian knot—now a proverbial term for a difficult problem that requires a fast and effective solution. In this series we will present the Museum’s discoveries at Gordion over the last 70 years and explore how they have clarified the history of central Asia Minor between the 10th and 3rd centuries BCE. We will also examine the great cities of the region before the Phrygians arrived in the 12th century BCE, as well as the kingdoms with which the Phrygians engaged, such as Assyria, Urartu, Persia, and Lydia.

C. Brian Rose (B.A., Haverford College; M. A., Ph.D., Columbia University) is the Ferry Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section and James B. Pritchard Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology. Since 1988, he has been Head of Post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy and between 2004 and 2007 he directed a survey project in the Granicus River Valley that focused on recording and mapping the Graeco-Persian tombs that dominate the area. He has directed the Gordion Excavation Project in central Turkey since 2013. His research concentrates on the political and artistic relationship between Rome and the provinces (Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period, Cambridge, 1997) and on the monuments of Troy during the Classical periods (The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Troy, Cambridge, 2014). He served as president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) between 2007 and 2011 and received the AIA's Gold Medal in 2015. He also curated the Penn Museum’s special exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas (2016), featuring artifacts from Gordion through a special loan agreement with the Republic of Turkey.


  • Tuesday, November 9
  • Tuesday, November 16
  • Tuesday, November 23
  • Tuesday, November 30

$175 General | $125 Member

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Adult Class Events



The Deep Dig

The Archaeology of Gordion, Royal City of Midas - Part 1

Tuesday | November 9 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig

The Archaeology of Gordion, Royal City of Midas - Part 2

Tuesday | November 16 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig

The Archaeology of Gordion, Royal City of Midas - Part 3

Tuesday | November 23 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig

The Archaeology of Gordion, Royal City of Midas - Part 4

Tuesday | November 30 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET


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