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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.


Egyptian market scene from a tomb wall.

"Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

Four Thursdays: July 8, 15, 22, and 29
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.

Members are welcome to attend a preview of this course on June 22 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register.

$175 General | $125 Member

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Rebecca Yamin next a stand selling her book.

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Archaeology

Four Thursdays: August 5, 12, 19, and 26
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

With Dr. Rebecca Yamin

Many construction projects in historic areas of Philadelphia require archaeological investigations. These investigations yield diverse stories and reveal a history not always found in textbooks. This course will cover the laws governing archaeological investigations and discuss major findings of local excavations. Sites investigated include the Museum of the American Revolution and the Independence Visitor Center, Liberty Bell Center, and President’s House at Independence National Historic Park. We will discuss how Philadelphia has handled investigations of historic burial grounds at sites such as First German Reformed Church at Franklin Square, Bethel Burying Ground, and First Baptist Church Burial Ground on Arch Street. Instructors will also cover ongoing work along the I-95 corridor.

Rebecca Yamin has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from New York University with a specialty in historical archaeology. She has worked in academic, museum, and contract settings, most recently serving as the head of John Milner Associates’ Philadelphia office. Her many Philadelphia projects include the excavation of the sites of the Independence Visitor Center and the Liberty Bell Center on Independence Mall, and the site of the Museum of the American Revolution on Chestnut Street. Before coming to Philadelphia, she directed the large Five Points project in New York City. Her publications include Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology, Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution: A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia, and The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits. She is working on a second edition of Digging in the City of Brotherly Love.

$175 General | $125 Member

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Adult Class Events


Jul


8

The Deep Dig

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

Thursday | July 8 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Jul


15

The Deep Dig

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

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




Jul


22

The Deep Dig

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

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




Jul


29

The Deep Dig

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

Thursday | July 29 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Aug


5

The Deep Dig

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Archaeology - Part 1

Thursday | August 5 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Aug


12

The Deep Dig

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Archaeology - Part 2

Thursday | August 12 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Aug


19

The Deep Dig

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Archaeology - Part 3

Thursday | August 19 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Aug


26

The Deep Dig

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Archaeology - Part 4

Thursday | August 26 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET




Contact

Learning and Public Engagement Department
215.898.2680