PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.
"Anthropologists in the Making," organized by the Education Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 21 through August 13, 2010. Camp details and a downloadable registration form are available online: www.penn.museum/camp.html.
Children may attend one or more of the weekly-themed programs. This year's themes are:
Week 1: June 21-25 Sail the High Seas
Discover the fabled Spice Route, learn how the Vikings raided and traded, and design a sailing vessel. Play a trade game with your fellow campers to learn of the dangers that seafarers faced and how ideas were transported in addition to wares.
Week 2: June 28 -July 2 Mesopotamian Mysteries
The exhibit Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery is the focus as you write your name in cuneiform, don a bull mask, construct a ziggurat, and recreate the Sumerian queen Lady Pu-abi's death pit.
Week 3: July 6- 9 It's a Celebration!
Explore festivals from around the world. Get into the festive spirit as you make symbolic crafts, learn the steps to a traditional dance, and march in a Carnivale parade.
Week 4: July 12 -16 In the Field
Unearth artifacts in a mock dig based on Penn Museum's excavation work at the archaeological site of Ban Chiang in present day Thailand. Clean, catalog, and sketch your finds before mounting a mini-exhibit.
Week 5: July 19-23 A Day in the Life of an Egyptologist
Find out what it takes to be an Egyptologist when you meet Penn Museum excavators past and present. Walk through the ruins of a palace and come face-to-face with a 12-ton sphinx.
Week 6: July 26-30 Bring Out Your Dead
Discover a variety of funerary practices and learn about diseases that plagued ancient civilizations. Create skits based on the ancient Greek underworld and Egyptian afterlife.
Week 7: August 2-6 It's Written in the Sky
Discover how people from the past navigated the seas and created calendars by observing the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. Create your own constellation as you learn about monuments and myths associated with celestial bodies.
Week 8: August 9 -13 Signs and Superstitions
Explore the origins, ritualistic practices, and charms associated with superstitions. On Friday the 13th, participate in a special celebration for family and friends featuring activities to bring good luck to all.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum's award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.