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Since 1887, the Penn Museum has been one of the leading archaeology and anthropology museums in the world, and has sponsored research in every corner of the globe. As early as 1889, the Museum conducted excavations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, and Tennessee. Pioneering ethnographic work was undertakenin Alaska by George B. Gordon and Louis Shotridge. Excavations in the 1930s in New Mexico brought to light the famous Clovis points.

Archaeology: North America University of Pennsylvania

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Since 1887, the Penn Museum has been one of the leading archaeology and anthropology museums in the world, and has sponsored research in every corner of the globe. As early as 1889, the Museum conducted excavations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, and Tennessee. Pioneering ethnographic work was undertakenin Alaska by George B. Gordon and Louis Shotridge. Excavations in the 1930s in New Mexico brought to light the famous Clovis points.

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    Tlingit Basket Weaving at Penn Museum

    Tlingit Basket Weaving at Penn Museum

    • 7 min
    George Catlin's Indian Curiosities: A Collection Saved, Hidden, Dispersed, And Discovered

    George Catlin's Indian Curiosities: A Collection Saved, Hidden, Dispersed, And Discovered

    On May 19, 1879, a freight car loaded with George Catlin's paintings of Native Americans along with four boxes of ethnographic material made its way from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, destined for the National Museum (Smithsonian). It was a gift from Mrs. Joseph Harrison, widow of Joseph Harrison Jr., the gentleman who rescued George Catlin from his creditors in London in 1852. This illustrated lecture traces the uncharted history of Catlin's "Indian curiosities" which formed a major part of his traveling Indian Gallery and are now found in a number of institutions.

    • 44 min

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