March 13, 2013 |
The fiftyish woman led a rugged existence in the desert, likely getting plenty of exercise and a diet heavy in grains as she scraped a living from the land more than 1,500 years ago. Her arteries, however, look like what you might expect from someone who sits on the couch all day eating ice cream. And she apparently was not unusual. Researchers performed CT scans on the mummified remains of this woman - now a resident of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - and 136 other people from around the world, and found evidence of hardening of the arteries in 47 of them.
February 20, 2013 |
On a snowy day before the Feb. 10 opening of "Unearthing a Masterpiece" at the Penn Museum, exhibition coordinator Kate Quinn stood on South Street, watching the enormous crane that was to lift the star of the show - the magnificent late-Roman Lod mosaic - into the museum. South Street was closed to cars, but pedestrians continued to walk by even as, moments later, the first of the 17-by-24-foot floor mosaic's seven pieces rose into the air. "They were on their phones and not noticing the almost-2,000-year-old floor flying above their heads," Quinn recalls.
February 1, 2013
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Unsung heroine Moonstone Art Center wraps up its commemoration of the life and accomplishments of antilynching crusader, suffragist, journalist and speaker Ida B. Wells with a discussion of the relationship between 19th-century lynching and modern-day capital punishment. Criminal defense attorney Michael Coard, Witness to Innocence activist Shujaa Graham and others to speak. Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 2 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-735-3456, moonstoneartscenter.org.
February 1, 2013 |
Enjoy hands-on science and engineering activities at Drexel University on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. Learn about materials science, expressed in laymen's terms as "the study of stuff," and learn what everyday things we use are made of and how they work. The event is free and presented by the departments of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Market Street between 31st and 32d. Event is free.
January 12, 2013 |
Children have a playdate with the Sprout Network Saturday for the Super WHY Celebration at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Activities include storytime, and children can watch the network's favorite Super WHY episodes. There will be a meet and greet with Super WHY and Princess Presto and photo opportunities. Market merchants will have arts and crafts, kid-friendly lunch specials, an interactive gaming station, and more. Playdate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. KidsinCenterCity.com playdate with Sprout: The Super WHY Celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday on the lower level of the Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd.
December 22, 2012
Friday-Saturday Sounds of the season The Philadelphia Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with "The Glorious Sound of Christmas. " Join the orchestra for favorites at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. Admission: $40-$119. Time: 7 p.m. Information: 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org . Friday Party like there's no tomorrow Join the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as it holds a celebration for the end of the world ... 12-21-12, according to an ancient Maya calendar.
December 21, 2012
By Julian Siggers It's Dec. 21, and for some, that means it must be the end of the world. At the Penn Museum, where we've been presenting the exhibition "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" since May, talk of apocalyptic prophecy and consequent media coverage has been building steadily. We've certainly had our own fun with the "phenomenon," even going so far as to bring DJ Scribble out tonight for a final countdown dance party (no word yet on what that last song will be). "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" draws upon the Penn Museum's own extensive Maya scholarship and recent archaeological discoveries at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan, Honduras, to examine what the ancient Maya understood about time, the calendar, and the cycles of life.
December 3, 2012 |
It's all about the story. Each item in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - each statue, pitcher, mummy, mosaic, and sphinx - comes with one. The story of how it got here - "you won't find a museum comparable to it anywhere," in the words of new director Julian Siggers. The story of how it was found. "Much of the time, you're digging in the wrong place," says C. Brian Rose, curator of the Mediterranean section and a man who has done his share of digging. "When you find the right place, it's exciting.
October 23, 2012 |
Elizabeth Messaros beamed as she ran her hands over Egyptian relics thousands of years old at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The sightless teen, a student at the Overbrook School for the Blind, had a similar experience once at an art museum - but had to wear gloves. "There, we were relying on rubber!" she said. Not so at Penn, where blind and visually impaired visitors had only to wipe their hands clean in between the half-dozen artifacts featured on a "touch tour" designed by Trish Maunder, coordinator of special tours.
September 28, 2012 |
Robert J. Sharer, 72, of Landenberg, an archaeologist and authority on Mayan history and culture, and an emeritus curator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Thursday, Sept. 20, of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Delaware. Mr. Sharer, a professor emeritus, spent 40 years as a professor of anthropology at Penn and conducted research in Central America for nearly five decades. He was the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books and monographs.