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Hickman, Jane, Ph.D.

Jane Hickman, Ph.D.
Editor of Expedition
Consulting Scholar and Special Assistant to the Director for Museum Programs, Penn Museum
Elected: 2006 (Department of Anthropology)

Jane Hickman received her M.A. in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2008 in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she received an M.L.A. and an M.A.S. from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.S. from Towson University in Baltimore, MD. 

As a graduate student at Penn, during the 2004–05 academic year, she was a Fulbright scholar at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In 2013, she received an INSTAP fellowship to spend six weeks in Greece working on Middle Bronze Age Minoan jewelry. Jane's research focuses on gold and silver jewelry from the ancient Aegean, the Near East, and Central Asia. Her dissertation was entitled "Gold Before the Palaces: Crafting Jewelry and Social Identity in Minoan Crete." She has excavated in Greece at Corinth, as well as Hagios Charalambos and Chrysokamino on Crete.

Jane has been the Editor of Expedition magazine since 2009. She has also managed special projects for the Museum and serves as a Consulting Scholar to the Mediterranean Section. She is currently working on the study of jewelry from the Penn Museum site of Gordion in central Turkey. 

In 2011, she organized the Secrets of the Silk Road Symposium: "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity," which accompanied the exhibition "Secrets of the Silk Road." She co-edited a volume (published in 2014) with Professor Victor H. Mair that is based on the symposium. She also edited Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture Inspired by Penn Museum Treasures (2014).

Jane has delivered papers and published articles on jewelry from various sites. In March 2011 she presented "A Closer Look at Gold Jewellery from Tillya Tepe," in the conference at the British Museum "Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World." She published "The Dog Diadem from Mochlos," in a volume for Emeritus Fellow James Muhly, Metallurgy: Understanding How, Learning Why. Studies in Honor of James D. Muhly. She has presented other lectures or papers on ancient jewelry at the Penn Museum, The National Arts Club in New York, the Archaeological Institute of America, and other venues in Philadelphia.

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