Penn Museum

Ancient food and flavor

Food remains dating back as far as 6,000 years found at archaeological sites are now on view in a new indoor-outdoor exhibition at the Penn Museum, “Ancient Food & Flavor,” through the fall of 2024. 

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Philadelphia Business Journal

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USA Today

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

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The New York Times

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The Washington Post

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Simon Martin of the Penn Museum and the School of Arts & Sciences says that a newly discovered Mayan stone marker at Chichén Itzá is more akin to a field marker for scoring points than a scoreboard.


Associated Press

Ancient restaurant highlights Iraq’s archaeology renaissance

An international archaeological mission led by a Penn team has uncovered the remnants of what is believed to be a 5,000-year-old restaurant or tavern in the ancient city of Lagash in southern Iraq.