Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Penn Museum

     With the start of the new school year begins the annual archaeology lecture season. If you are anywhere near Philadelphia in the next few weeks you may want to check out some of the following events, all of which are taking place at the Penn Museum:

1) Saturday, September 17: Armed and Dangerous: an Iconography of Protective Middle and New Kingdom Demons - Dr. Kaisa Szpakowska of Swansea University will give a talk about the demons that the ancient Egyptians believed caused diseases or protected people from illness. She will also introduce the audience to DemonBase, which is a database of information on this topic. The talk is at the Penn Museum at 3:30 PM and is being organized by the American Research Center in Egypt.

2)  Wednesday, September 21, at 6:15 PM - the Archeological Institute of America will have Neil Asher Silberman give a lecture entitled Rebooting Antiquity: How Holy Wars, Media Hype, and Digital Technologies are Changing the Face of 21st Century Archaeology.

3) Thursday, October 6 at 6:45 PM - C. Brian Rose, Curator of the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum and a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk on Archaeology and Conservation in Turkey.

4) Saturday, October 15 at 3:30 PM, Dr. Emily Teeter (of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) will speak on Crafts and Consumerism in Predynastic Egypt.

5) On Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 PM the Penn Museum will hold a Mummies and Martinis event in the mummies gallery of the museum. This after-work happy hour event costs $9 and includes one free drink for guests 21 or older.

The museum also has lab conservators available to answer visitor questions about preserving precious archaeological artifacts from 11:15 - 11:45 and 2:00 - 2:30 Tuesday through Friday and from 12:30 - 1:00 and 3:30 - 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The next time I visit the Penn Museum I am looking forward to this.

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