Humans are often seen as a threat to biodiversity and conservation, but humans can preserve and create biodiverse landscapes. A new joint Penn-India project focuses on Mudumalai in southern India and explores the human and nonhuman histories of this culturally and biologically diverse region.
Chemical analyses recently confirmed that the earliest alcoholic beverage in the world was a mixed fermented drink of rice, honey, and hawthorn fruit and/or grape.
Scientific excavation by the Penn Museum and the Thai Fine Arts Department took place at the site of Ban Chiang in northeast Thailand in 1974 and 1975. These excavations uncovered a thriving and hitherto unknown prehistoric culture dating from 5000 years ago and led to the rewriting of Southeast Asian prehistory.