Penn Museum’s ongoing archaeological work at Gordion created an international sensation in the late 1950s, when excavators unearthed one of the largest burial mounds in Turkey, equivalent to a 17-story building. The mound contained the oldest standing wooden building in the world. It appears to have been the tomb of King Midas’ father Gordios. The exhibition includes many of the bronze vessels from the tomb—most of which will be shown in the U.S. for the first time—used by the mourners at his funerary feast in 740 BCE.
Also featured are jewelry, statuary, exquisitely painted pottery, and architectural elements—including the oldest colored stone mosaic ever made. Ivory furniture panels from northern Iraq (8th c BCE) and a golden shroud from the Caucasus Mountains (5th c BCE) are among the extraordinary artifacts from neighboring realms, all of which demonstrate a legendary king’s extraordinary power and golden touch.
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Friday, May 27, 2016—10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
University of Penn. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104