Water & Ancient Civilizations/Penn Museum

Water and Ancient Civilizations Overview

October 2, 2010  |  1:00-4:30pm  |  Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, Mosaic Gallery, and Water Entrance

As we face mounting water management challenges in our world today, it is worthwhile to look back and consider the challenges of water management in ancient times. Penn Museum scholars and invited specialists dive in, exploring the myths around and evidence for the Great Flood, the engineering marvels of Roman and Indus civilizations, and the watery landscapes of Amazonia and Mesoamerica. The program includes National Geographic Society archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, whose underwater research with Robert Ballard in the Black Sea identified the remains of ancient floods, and Vernon Scarborough from the University of Cincinnati, who discusses how sustainable water use by ancient civilizations can provide models for our current response to global climate change. Rainey Auditorium. Reservations, recommended, through the online calendar: www.penn.museum


The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34 and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40 and 42. Museum hours beginning September 7, 2010 are Tuesday, and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" one hour before closing. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.