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[First posted in AWOL 30 January 2013, updated 20 January 2016]

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) at tDAR: Publications with digital supplementary material
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Digital Antiquity is pleased to announce the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (PennMuseum) collection in tDAR. Digital curators created metadata and uploaded all of the digital supplementary material from 18 books published by the Penn Museum.

These incredible materials include rich data sets, images, and reports, all available for download by registered tDAR users. tDAR’s content is indexed by major search engines, and exposes the Penn Museum’s  published digital content to searchers who may otherwise be unaware of these books and their associated digital media. 
   
The books themselves are available for purchase at the University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) website at http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/series/UPM.html.
 Registration (free of charge) is required for access to material in tDAR.  Once registered and logged in the following Penn materials is accessible:

The Artifacts of Tikal—Ornamental and Ceremonial Artifacts and Unworked Material Tikal, Report 27A

  • The Artifacts of Tikal—Ornamental and Ceremonial Artifacts and Unworked Material Tikal, Report 27A
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376586]TR27A reports upon goods used as markers of social status and goods used in ritual. It describes the splendid ornaments and insignia of jade, shell, pearls, and inscribed bone shown in representations on monuments and pottery vessels and recovered from the burials of Tikal's elites. Each artifact is described in the text, tabulated, and richly illustrated with drawings and photographs. An accompanying CD-ROM includes updated databases for all recovered objects, enabling the reader to discover...

The Artifacts of Tikal—Utilitarian Artifacts and Unworked Material Tikal Report 27B

  • The Artifacts of Tikal—Utilitarian Artifacts and Unworked Material Tikal Report 27B
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376535]Occupied continuously for 1,500 years, Tikal was the most important demographic, economic, administrative, and ritual center of its region. The collection of materials recovered at Tikal is the largest and most diverse known from the Lowlands. This book provides a major body of primary data. The artifacts, represented by such raw materials as chert and shell are classified by type, number, condition, possible ancient use, form, material, size, and such secondary modifications as decoration...

Ban Chiang, a Prehistoric Village Site in Northeast Thailand, Volume 1: The Human Skeletal Remains

  • Ban Chiang, a Prehistoric Village Site in Northeast Thailand, Volume 1: The Human Skeletal Remains
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376534]The inaugural volume in the Thai Archaeology Monograph Series describes in detail the human skeletal remains from Ban Chiang in northeast Thailand. The skeletal material spans a period from 2100 B.C. to A.D. 200 and includes premetal, Bronze Age, and Iron Age deposits from a series of prehistoric societies. The history of Homo sapiens in Asia has long been a topic of interest among scholars investigating human biology. This study, which is based on one of the larger, comprehensively analyzed...

Botanical Aspects of Environment and Economy at Gordion, Turkey

  • Botanical Aspects of Environment and Economy at Gordion, Turkey
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376588]The archaeological site of Gordion is most famous as the home of the Phrygian king Midas and as the place where Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot on his way to conquer Asia. Located in central Anatolia (present-day Turkey) near the confluence of the Porsuk and Sakarya rivers, Gordion also lies on historic trade routes between east and west as well as north to the Black Sea. Favorably situated for long-distance trade, Gordion's setting is marginal for agricultural cultivation but well...

Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968-1975

  • Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site, 1968-1975
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376584]The site of Dún Ailinne is one of four major ritual sites from the Irish Iron Age, each said to form the center of a political kingdom and thus described as "royal." Excavation has produced artifacts ranging from the Neolithic (about 5,000 years ago) through the later Iron Age (fourth century CE), when the site was the focus of repeated rituals, probably related to the creation and maintenance of political hegemony. A series of timber structures were built and replaced as each group of leaders...

Etruscan Myth, Sacred History, and Legend

  • Etruscan Myth, Sacred History, and Legend
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376539]This volume is the first comprehensive account of Etruscan mythology, an elusive and difficult subject because no Etruscan textual narratives have survived from antiquity. In order to interpret the myths and make the Etruscans come alive for us today, Nancy Thomson de Grummond acts as an archaeological detective piecing together evidence from representations in art, from archaeological sites, and from indirect accounts of Etruscan lore in Greek and Roman texts. She starts with the purely...

Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940

  • Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376583]The Penn Museum's first archaeological expedition to Iran took place in 1931, when Erich F. Schmidt excavated the Bronze Age site of Tepe Hissar near the town of Damghan and the monumental buildings of the pre-Islamic Sasanian Palace. In this part of his adventurous and courageous life, Schmidt, then a young German WWI veteran who had received his Ph.D. degree under Franz Boas at Columbia University, documented the project with nearly 2,600 culturally significant photos—many under far from...

Gordion Seals and Sealings Individuals and Society

  • Gordion Seals and Sealings Individuals and Society
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376538]"An exemplary piece of scholarship which places the author at the forefront of ancient sigillography and sphragistics. . . . Of interest to anyone with a serious interest in the history of the city of 'the Knot' and 'the Golden Touch'"—Michael Vickers, Professor of Archaeology, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The original publication of the 114 seals and seal impressions excavated from Gordion in Turkey, this book is the first diachronic monograph on the ongoing excavations at Gordion and provides...

Mapping Mongolia: Situating Mongolia in the World from Geologic Time to the Present

  • Mapping Mongolia: Situating Mongolia in the World from Geologic Time to the Present
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376589]With its small population and low GDP, Mongolia is frequently deemed "unique" or tacked onto various area studies programs: Inner Asia, Central Asia, Northeast Asia, or Eurasia. This volume is a response to the concern that countries such as Mongolia are marginalized when academia and international diplomacy reconfigure area studies borders in the postsocialist era. Would marginalized countries such as Mongolia benefit from a reconfiguration of area studies programs or even from another way...

The Maya Vase Conservation Project

  • The Maya Vase Conservation Project
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376581]Museum goers are always fascinated by behind-the-schemes glimpses of the way museum professionals prepare artifacts and works of art for exhibit and study. In this richly illustrated, step-by-step presentation, Grant describes the problems of conserving and preserving the only provenienced collection of a group of 19 important Maya vases excavated early in the twentieth century in Chama, Guatemala, by Robert Burkitt, an early investigator for the University Museum. This polychrome pottery was...

Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran

  • Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 375174]The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has had a long-standing interest in the archaeology of Iran. In 1956, Robert H. Dyson, Jr., began excavations south of Lake Urmia at the large mounded site of Hasanlu. Although the results of these excavations await final publication, the Hasanlu Special Studies series—of which this monograph is the fourth volume—describes and analyzes specific aspects of technology, style, and iconography. This volume describes a group of...

Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Baikal Region, Siberia Bioarchaeological Studies of Past Life Ways

  • Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Baikal Region, Siberia Bioarchaeological Studies of Past Life Ways
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376587]Siberia's Lake Baikal region is an archaeologically unique and emerging area of hunter-gatherer research, offering insights into the complexity, variability, and dynamics of long-term culture change. The exceptional quality of archaeological materials recovered there facilitates interdisciplinary studies whose relevance extends far beyond the region. The Baikal Archaeology Project—one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the history of subarctic archaeology—is conducted by an...

Reports on the Vrokastro Area, Eastern Crete, Volume 2: The Settlement History of the Vrokastro Area and Related Studies

  • Reports on the Vrokastro Area, Eastern Crete, Volume 2: The Settlement History of the Vrokastro Area and Related Studies
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376536]Data gathered through systematic survey detail the settlement history of the Vrokastro region from the Final Neolithic period through the early part of the twentieth century. Each period is introduced by an environmental pattern for the settlement, with a brief summary of project methodology and goals, a description of the regional topography and botany, and a synopsis of the regional topography and hydrology. The penultimate chapter and conclusions present a summary of the regional settlement...

Reports on the Vrokastro Area, Eastern Crete, Volume 3 The Vrokastro Regional Survey Project, Sites and Pottery

  • Reports on the Vrokastro Area, Eastern Crete, Volume 3 The Vrokastro Regional Survey Project, Sites and Pottery
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376591]Volume 3 presents the supplementary materials that support the settlement history of the Vrokastro region, derived from intensive and systematic survey. The book presents brief summaries of regional pottery of the Bronze Age, Roman, and medieval to modern periods (with tables). Illustrations include maps, plans, pottery profiles, and photographs of sites, features, and pottery. The CD-ROM pottery catalogue is divided into four main units: Neolithic-Geometric, Orientalizing-Hellenistic, Early...

Santa Cruz Island Figure Sculpture and Its Social and Ritual Contexts

  • Santa Cruz Island Figure Sculpture and Its Social and Ritual Contexts
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376537]In this ethnographic study of traditional sculpture from Santa Cruz Island, near the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific the late anthropologist William H. Davenport presents a distinctive genre of figure sculpture produced for and used in traditional religious rituals and ceremonies. The body of the book discusses the history of Santa Cruz Island society since the first Europeans came to the area in 1595, the cultural meanings of its most conspicuous features, and descriptions of the...

Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala

  • Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376582]This monograph reports the results of the Quiriguá Project Site Periphery Program, five seasons (1975-1979) of archaeological survey and excavation in the 96 square kilometers immediately adjoining the classic Maya site of Quiriguá. Ashmore identifies and helps us understand where and how the people of Quiriguá lived. She presents detailed material evidence in two data catalogues, for the floodplain settlement adjoining Quiriguá and for sites in the wider periphery. The work situates Quiriguá...

Tikal Report 11: Map of the Ruins of Tikal, El Petén, Guatemala and Georeferenced Versions of the Maps Therein

  • Tikal Report 11: Map of the Ruins of Tikal, El Petén, Guatemala and Georeferenced Versions of the Maps Therein
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Christopher Carr
    [tDAR id: 390922]This archive is in two parts. The first part is Tikal Report 11, published in 1961, which presents the ten maps produced by the Tikal Project of The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. The second part is georeferenced versions of the ten maps for use with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software. The georeferencing was based on field data collected in 2010 by the Tikal Project of the University of Cincinnati. The maps should be useful for archaeologists, tourists and managers of...

Tikal Report 34, Part A: Additions and Alterations: A Commentary on the Architecture of the North Acropolis, Tikal, Guatemala

  • Tikal Report 34, Part A: Additions and Alterations: A Commentary on the Architecture of the North Acropolis, Tikal, Guatemala
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376585]A comprehensive series of reconstructed views rendered in colors approximating the original finishes of polished plaster and paint, with 42 different stages of development in three-dimensional form, show what the Acropolis looked like at various times from ca. 330 BCE to CE 600. On an accompanying CD-ROM 112 color plates show constructions of individual structures and some photos of Acropolis fabric at the time of excavation and consolidation. The text accompanying the color plates provides a...

Tikal Report 37: Historical Archaeology at Tikal, Guatemala

  • Tikal Report 37: Historical Archaeology at Tikal, Guatemala
    PROJECT Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison
    [tDAR id: 376590]The pre-Columbian city we call Tikal was abandoned by its Maya residents during the tenth century A.D. and succumbed to the Guatemalan rain forest. It was not until 1848 that it was brought to the attention of the outside world. For the next century Tikal, remote and isolated, received a surprisingly large number of visitors. Public officials, explorers, academics, military personnel, settlers, petroleum engineers, chicle gatherers, and archaeologists came and went, sometimes leaving behind...

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