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The Deep Dig

The Deep Dig offers in-depth adult classes taught by Penn professors and graduate students. These specially designed online courses are more academic in nature and guide participants through subjects connected to the Penn Museum’s collection and research. In addition to engaging lectures from the expert, digital readings, online archival research, and access to videos and research help adult scholars dig deeply into a range of topics.


Anne Tiballi working with ancient textiles in a lab

Ancient Threads

Four Thursdays: April 1, 8, 15 and 22
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

With Dr. Anne Tiballi

This Deep Dig course unearths the rich and varied history of cloth and clothing, from the first twisted string to the modern fashion industry. What materials have cultures across the world used to make textiles? How and why were they created? View stunning and distinctive textiles from Asia, the Near East, Africa, and the Andes as we explore how fabric, weaving, and fashion have shaped agriculture, empire, colonialism, and contemporary globalism. Join Dr. Anne Tiballi for this four-part online course offering a dynamic, in-depth learning experience with up-close investigations of artifacts from the Museum’s collections.

Dr. Anne Tiballi is the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. After completing her undergraduate degree in anthropology at Vassar College, she began graduate study at Binghamton University and performed her dissertation research on the archaeological materials from the Cemetery of the Sacrificed Women, Pachacamac, Peru, at the Penn Museum. Dr. Tiballi specializes in the analysis and interpretation of ancient textile materials, with a particular interest in the social dimensions of technology. She has worked with textile collections from several coastal Andean sites, including Huayuri, Cerrillos, and Casa Vieja in the Ica Valley. As Director of Archaeological Textile Students for the California Institute of Peruvian Studies, Dr. Tiballi led an annual field course on the analysis, reproduction, and field conservation of textiles from the prehistoric Andes, which has been held in Arequipa, Peru and at Bryn Mawr College.

$175 General | $125 Member

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Egyptian market scene from a tomb wall.

"Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

Four Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17, and 24
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

With Dr. Shelby Justl

How do modern Egyptologists determine what ancient people ate, what ingredients went into their perfume, or what their clothing looked like when only bits and pieces of the original objects remain? This four-part online course explores everyday objects used by ancient Egyptians, including the materials they were made from, how they were made, and their cultural and symbolic importance. We will work together as Egyptologists to gather diverse puzzle pieces using artifacts from the Penn Museum’s own collection, ancient recipes, Egyptian myths and tales, and evidence from settlements, mines, factory, or production areas. We will also look to experimental archaeology and even biographical stelae from within ancient Egypt to its outer periphery of Nubia, the Sinai, and ancient Rome to build a complete picture of how the Egyptians made the objects of their world.

Shelby Justl is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania currently teaching in the Critical Writing Department. She also works at the Penn Museum teaching specialized workshops and lectures. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also worked on the Penn Museum’s archaeological expedition in Abydos, Egypt. It was a discovery of an ostracon in the Abydene sands that inspired her own research into the administration of the semiprecious stone industry in Egypt and she is currently in the process of publishing parts of her dissertation. Her research interests concentrate on luxury objects, the Egyptian social world, and the daily life of the average Egyptian.

$175 General | $125 Member

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Adult Class Events


Apr


15

The Deep Dig

Ancient Threads - Part 3

Thursday | April 15 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Apr


22

The Deep Dig

Ancient Threads - Part 4

Thursday | April 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Jun


3

The Deep Dig

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 1

Thursday | June 3 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Jun


10

The Deep Dig

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 2

Thursday | June 10 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Jun


17

The Deep Dig

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 3

Thursday | June 17 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Jun


24

The Deep Dig

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 4

Thursday | June 24 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Contact

Learning and Public Engagement Department
215.898.2680