University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeological Adventures: Conservation and Cultural Heritage

Wednesday 11 July 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
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Investigate the science of conservation and the role a conservator plays in preserving the past! Take part in interactive workshops and guided tours to find out more about the Museum’s unique collection. Be one of the first to visit our newly opened Middle East Galleries and discover more about the ancient cultures living in and around Mesopotamia! Explore Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, an exhibition which sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage and what is being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity.

Homeschool Day admission and program costs: $12 per child/adult.
One adult per family is free and children 3 and under are free.

Advance reservations are required; call 215.746.6774 for more information.

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Program Descriptions:

Note: All ages listed are suggestions and not requirements.

Preserving the Past (Grades 3 and under)
What role does a conservator play in preserving the past? Students will not only learn the answer to this question, but will explore some core practices of conservation. View real-life examples of conservation in the Museum’s collection and learn about the science behind deterioration and preservation. Then practice the basics of conservation with hands-on activities.

Guided Tour of Middle East Galleries (Grades 4 and up)
Visit our new Middle East Galleries to explore the world of Mesopotamia. Learn about this culture from the marvelous artifacts discovered by Penn Museum archaeologists. See how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so different from our own.

Drop-in Activities: Microscopes, Matching, Mending, and More! (All ages)
Try out our hands-on station activities to discover some of the techniques and tools used by our conservators and archaeologists. Visit Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq to learn more about the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage and what is being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity.

Q&A with Conservators (All ages)
Stop by The Artifact Lab exhibition, a working conservation laboratory where visitors can watch a conservator at work and ask questions! View artifacts currently undergoing conservation, explore a Proscope station to view samples of materials under magnification, or learn more about the conservation process and ongoing activities in the lab.

Storytime in the Middle East Galleries (Grades 3 and under)
Meet Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man who rules over ancient Iraq but takes little care of its citizens. Through a series of lessons, Gilgamesh learns what it means to be caring to other humans. See examples of ancient writing on display and from our teaching collection.

We Are What We Wear: Adornment in the Ancient Middle East (Grades 4 and up)
What is material culture and what can it tell us about the lives of people from the ancient city of Ur? Students journey from discovery to display as they learn how use close observation and questioning to piece together the past. Work together and use both evidence and your imagination to create a unique display of your archaeological findings.

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