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Julian Siggers

Williams Director of the Penn Museum and President of the Kolb Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania

Julian Siggers received his Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1997, where he specialized in the ancient Near East. He earned a B.A. with honors in archaeology in 1986 and an M.A. in prehistoric archaeology in 1988 from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Before beginning his tenure at the Penn Museum, Dr. Siggers was the Vice President of Programs, Education, and Content Communication at the Royal Ontario Museum, a position he had held since 2009. Prior to his work in Toronto, he was Head of Narrative and Broadcast Development at the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Science and Industry in London. Dr. Siggers has taught undergraduate courses in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Toronto, at Trent University, and at the Universite Canadienne en France. In conjunction with his dissertation, Dr. Siggers co-authored several publications of the Wadi Ziqlab material where he was a lithic analyst, including "Technological Strategies at a Late Neolithic Farmstead in Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan," in H.G. Gebel, G. Rollefson, and Z. Kafafi, eds., Prehistory of Jordan II: Perspectives from 1997, Studies in Early Near Eastern Production, Subsistence and Environment 4, Berlin: Ex Oriente, 1998, 319–31 (with E.B. Banning); and "The Late Neolithic of the Southern Levant: Hiatus, Settlement Shift or Observer Bias? The Perspective from Wadi Ziqlab," Paleorient 20 (1994) 151-64 (with E.B. Banning and D. Rahimi).


PANEL: Museums of the Future
TITLE: Roundtable Discussion: Elaine Heumann Gurian, Mariët Westermann, Amy Sadao, and Julian Siggers
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 5:30 – 6:00pm