Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Exhibitions: CSI Ancient Egypt and I Want My Mummy

Wayne Independent

Four of the Wayne County Libraries, in association with The Outreach Lecture program of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will host two programs called: “CSI: Ancient Egypt” and “I Want My Mummy”.

Described as exciting and family-friendly library programs, they will be held on July 29th and July 30th and presented by Dr. Stephen R. Phillips. The Outreach Lecture program is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

“CSI: Ancient Egypt” is essentially Forensics 101. In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind, both past and present, anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that apply in modern forensic (criminal) investigations. Using cases from his own research, Dr. Phillips’ lecture introduces the audience to those scientific methods and techniques through digital images of actual human bones from ancient Egypt, some as old as the pyramids themselves. Participants will learn basic steps in determining a female from a male, younger from older, and what the bones can tell about the person. A highlight of the program is a re-examination of a possible 3,300 year-old murder case. The program is appropriate for middle school aged children through senior citizens.

“I Want My Mummy” is appropriate for children and teens age 6 and up.

See the above page for more.

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