Demolition next door puts Penn archaeology museum on shaky ground

A Philadelphia museum is taking extra steps to protect its archaeological treasures because of a massive demolition project next door.

The Penn Museum has installed vibration sensors to prevent damage to fragile pieces. Display cases have been modified, and thousands of ancient objects have been moved offsite.

The institution is part of the University of Pennsylvania. The school has been dismantling a parking garage and office tower in order to build a new hospital pavilion behind the museum.

The project has helped museum researchers in one way: They’ve been re-examining many pieces that have been in storage for decades.

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The anthropology and archaeology facility cares for about 1 million items excavated from around the world.

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