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Experience the Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt March 18
For release: March 3, 2006
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Travel back in time for a day and explore the wonders of the pharaohs right in Memphis (Tennessee, not Egypt). Write your name in hieroglyphs, color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian gods, make your own copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet, and much more. Learn about the famous Valley of the Kings in Egypt and see images of the excavation at the new tomb that was discovered just last month in the valley by a University of Memphis expedition.

These are just a few of the many activities families can experience during Family Day on Saturday, March 18, at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, sponsored by the Institute for Egyptian Art and Archaeology. The event will also include special tours of the Egyptian Exhibition at the Art Museum, retelling of ancient Egyptian stories, designing jewelry, making a crown and scepter, and learning how to measure using the techniques of the ancient Egyptians.

The popular "School for Scribes" will be available again this year. In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language. A special session devoted to the rediscovery of the ancient Egyptian language and the Rosetta Stone also will be offered. Children must be at least 10 years old to take part in this course, and enrollment is limited. Reservations may be made by phone; call 901-678-2649.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may come at any time during the event. Admission is free, but reservations are requested for groups. Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot. Parking also is available for $1 per hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Innovation Drive, just south of Central Ave. The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, Room 142.

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology is a Tennessee Center of Excellence. The IEAA and the Art Museum maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South. More than 150 objects are on display representing 4,000 years of Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, royal statuary, amulets, jewelry, tomb furnishings, and items from everyday life.

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