News and Announcements

  • Penn CHC Organizes Seminars on Saving Syrian Heritage

    The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, directed by Anthropology Professor Richard Leventhal, is bringing together activists, archaeologists and curators in an effort to preserve Syrian cultural heritage. Read more about their efforts in the 9/11/14 issue of Penn Current.

  • Adjunct Professor Janet Monge Named Philly's Best Museum Curator

    Philadelphia Magazine has named Dr. Janet Monge 'Best Museum Curator' as part of their 2014 Best of Philly series. Find out why Dr. Monge tops their list here, or see the Penn Museum's top ten reasons for celebrating Dr. Monge here.

  • Anthro Grad Student Receives Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Britt Dahlberg has been selected to receive a 2014 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project entitled 'Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science.' Britt's work "tracks the efforts of residents, government agencies, and local developers to locate environmental health threats as existing in the past, present, or future," taking the town of Ambler, Pennsylvania as a case study.

    To learn more about her research, click here.

  • Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac on the Power of Restorative Methodologies

    Penn News reports on Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac and her unique approach to identifying Native American objects, explaining that "[h]er approach, which she refers to as 'restorative methodologies,' involves tapping into multiple data streams, including oral traditions, material analysis, university archives, anthropological publications, craft technologies and social memory." To read more, check out the full story, here or Dr. Bruchac's research blog On the Wampum Trail.

    In the upcoming Fall 2014 semester, Dr. Bruchac will be offering two courses: ANTH 002 001- Intro to Cultural Anthropology and ANTH 328 001- Performing Culture: Native American Arts.

  • 2014 Anthropology Accolades

    Penn Anthropology congratulates the class of 2014! Six of our graduate students and forty-one of our undergraduates were awarded degrees this May. We also congratulate all of our students, past and present, who have received awards and honors this past year.

    Click for more information about the various honorees (graduate awards can be found on the graduate student website, and undergraduate awards can be found here) or click here for a full list of our 2014 graduates.

  • Penn Prof Receives SAA Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis

    Congratulations to Dr. Harold Dibble, who has received the SAA’s Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis for his remarkable achievements in the study of chipped stone technology and Paleolithic archaeology. In addition to being a professor here in the Anthropology Department, Dr. Dibble is also a curator in the European Section of the Penn Museum.  Dr. Dibble’s contributions are extensive and include reinterpretation of Paleolithic typology; examination of technology in relation to raw material access, taphonomy and site formation processes; experiments into the formation of flakes; the study of symbolic behavior, and the development of field techniques. His research on such sites as Combe-Capelle Bas, Tabun, and La Ferrassie has revolutionized our understanding of Middle Paleolithic technological organization and land-use, with implications that extend well beyond western Eurasia and North Africa. He has set an exceptionally high standard for actualistic research in a laboratory setting. Dr. Dibble’s legacy is enhanced by his outstanding record of collaboration and student training. In presenting this award the SAA recognizes Dr. Dibble’s significant and lasting contributions to lithic analysis.

  • Anthropology Seniors Receive Rose Awards

    Chris Chan and Akiva Sanders have been selected to receive 2014 Rose Awards for their Anthropology Senior Thesis projects. The Rose Award, administered by Penn's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), recognizes outstanding undergraduate research projects completed by graduating seniors under the supervision of a Penn faculty member. Chris' paper, "Disgust and the Human Ecology of Insect Consumption," was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine Moore (Anthropology) and Dr. Paul Rozin (Psychology). Akiva's paper, "Fingerprints and the Organization of the Ceramic Industry Over Time at Tell Leilan: Gender and the State in Northern Mesopotamia during the Early and Middle Bronze Age," was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Lauren Ristvet (Anthropology). The Department extends its congratulations to Chris and Akiva and its thanks to the faculty advisors and others who supported them in their endeavors.

  • Anthro Majors co-curate new exhibit for curatorial seminar

    Three Anthropology majors took part in curating the new exhibit at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 'On the Wings of Eagle and Raven' as part of a Kaye Curatorial Seminar here at Penn. The exhibit runs now through July 6th and will feature 41 Tlingit and Haida objects from the late 19th centure to the present.

    For more information, click here. Additional photos from the exhibit opening are featured here.

  • New Study Examines Monogamy and Paternal Care Among Owl Monkeys

    In their study, which appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Huck, Fernandez-Duque, Babb, and Schurr examine monogamy and paternal care among Azara's owl monkeys in Formosa, Argentina. For more details, check out the Penn News announcement, here.

  • Women in Archaeology Conference

    March 29, 2014/ 9AM-7PM
    Penn Museum Widener Auditorium

    Archaeology is a field that has traditionally been dominated by men, and even though women tend to outnumber men in undergraduate programs, their numbers decline significantly through graduate school and ultimately in tenured positions. Why such a decline occurs is one of the questions this workshop will explore. Women rarely take on the role of Project Directors, and instead are more typically included as senior personnel, lab specialists or collaborators. This event will consider how the situation that archaeologists face have changed over the last fifty years. By bringing together women of all ages, we will be able to address the question of whether these issues have improved over the past several decades, if they have stayed the same, or even deteriorated.

    For more details, check out the poster here.