Robert H. Dyson

Robert H. Dyson, Jr. (August 2, 1927 – February 14, 2020)[1] was an American archaeologist who served as director of the Penn Museum (1982–1994). He was best known for directing excavations at Teppe Hasanlu between 1956 and 1977.[1][2]

Education and careerEdit

Dyson was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1927, and received his PhD from Harvard University in 1966.[1][2] He joined the University of Pennsylvania as an associate professor of anthropology and associate curator of the Near East section of the Penn Museum.[3] He served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1982 and was the director of the Penn Museum from 1982 to 1994.[1] He retired from Pennsylvania as a professor emeritus in 1995.[1]

Dyson was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971,[4] served as the president of the Archaeological Institute of America,[1] and was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1984. After his retirement from Pennsylvania, a Robert H. Dyson chair was endowed at the Department of Anthropology and Near East section of the Penn Museum in his honor.[1][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Robert Dyson". Department of Anthropology. University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  2. ^ a b "Robert H. Dyson, discoverer of Gold Bowl of Hasanlu in Iran, dies at 93". Tehran Times. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. ^ Dyson, Robert H. (1964). "Selected Aspects of Archaeology, 1958 to 1963". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 351 (1): 181–193. doi:10.1177/000271626435100121. ISSN 0002-7162. S2CID 144214438.
  4. ^ "Robert H. Dyson Jr". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  5. ^ "Chairs: A Baker's Dozen in SAS". University of Pennsylvania Almanac. 43 (8): 4–5. October 15, 1996.