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Adventures in Photography

Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

By Alessandro Pezzati

Publication Year: 2011

Since 1887 the University Museum has been one of the leading archaeology and anthropology museums in the world and has sponsored field research in every corner of the globe. A key outcome, from its first expedition to Nippur, in modern-day Iraq, through more than 300 expeditions in the past century, to its research in fifteen different countries today, has been a wealth of primary photographs capturing both expeditions and excavations and also images of modern peoples on every inhabited continent of our planet.

These vintage photographs, carefully selected from hundreds of thousands, range from mundane record-keeping pictures to glorious aesthetic treats, and they are in demand by international scholars and students and researchers worldwide. One of the most powerful of media to convey information about—and to advance understanding of—foreign peoples and places is photography. Soldiers, missionaries, merchants, and other travelers carried out early anthropological photography in distant lands. Field photography was extremely difficult when the Museum began its research program in the late 1880s, requiring the transport of a complete dark room and other heavy equipment. The Museum's intrepid adventurers sought scientific accuracy, with no artifice that may have obscured the realism of the image.

An engaging narrative essay highlighting the Museum's fieldwork explains the contexts of the range of photographs from the Museum's Archives and the role of photography in studying human cultures.

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Plates

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

Since 1887, the University of Pennsylvania Museum has been one of the leading archaeology and anthropology museums in the world and has sponsored field research in every corner of the globe. The Museum is justly proud of the many kinds of treasures its expeditions have revealed. ...

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Adventures in Photography

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pp. 1-2

Since its founding in 1887, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has undertaken a program of fieldwork and exploration around the world that continues to this day. The collection of firsthand observations and evidence of human and material culture has been essential ...

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The Museum’s Expeditions

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pp. 2-13

Between 1889 and 1900 the Museum was the first American institution to carry out archaeological excavations in the Near East. The expedition to the site of ancient Nippur in Mesopotamia (Iraq), organized by John P. Peters, funded by the Babylonian Exploration Fund, and directed by Peters and Herman V. Hilprecht, ...

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Photography and Anthropology

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pp. 13-16

In addition to the archaeology of Classical sites in the Mediterranean, the Museum has also carried out investigations of prehistoric and ancient humans at a variety of sites in northern and eastern Europe. Henry C. Mercer conducted a survey of Paleolithic sites in France and Spain, 1892–93, ...

Suggested Readings

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pp. 17-18

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 19-20

I would like to thank Jeremy A. Sabloff, the Williams Director, and Gerald Margolis, Deputy Director for Operations, without whom this project would not have been possible. Additional thanks are due to Walda Metcalf, Assistant Director for Publications; Jennifer Quick, Senior Editor; ...

Index

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pp. 21-26

Map of Museum Sites

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pp. 27-30

Image Plates

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E-ISBN-13: 9781934536223
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931707411

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2011

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Subject Headings

  • University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology -- Photograph collections.
  • University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology -- Archives.
  • Ethnological museums and collections -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Archaeological museums and collections -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Ethnological expeditions -- History -- Pictorial works.
  • Archaeological expeditions -- History -- Pictorial works.
  • Photography in ethnology -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Photography in archaeology -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
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