May 13, 2024

Going above and beyond in archaeology and museum work: Fourth-year Qi Liu has participated in every undergraduate program at the Penn Museum, done research for two senior theses in anthropology and art history, and joined excavations in the U.S. and abroad.

Penn Today | May 10, 2024 | by Erica Moser | Photos by Eric Sucar

"While Azerbaijan and Mississippi are very different places for archaeological fieldwork, Qi Liu noticed a commonality on the first two excavations she joined, both during the summer of her second year at Penn: They were female-directed with a predominantly female crew. Traveling to Oman that winter, she again joined a team of mostly women.

Liu, now a fourth-year student majoring in anthropology and art history and minoring in chemistry, figured this was not by chance and chose to write a senior thesis on the changing role of women in archaeology. To assess the shift from mostly male crews a half-century ago, Liu has interviewed more than 20 people, from undergraduates to seniors in their 80s and 90s."

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