Thursday, August 18, 2011

Riddle Me This Penn Museum

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is hosting a lecture series on the Great Riddles of Archaeology on the first Wednesday of every month, October 2011 through June 2012.

General Admission is $5 per event in advance or $10 at the door. Subscriptions to all nine events are available for $40. Penn Museum members will receive free admission to these lectures with advanced registration only.

Topics include King Arthur, Stonehenge, Ozti the Iceman, Atlantis, Jamestown, the Maya and 2012, and others.

It sounds interesting. To give you more of a taste for what the talks will include, here is the description for the Noah's Ark presentation:

Of all bible stories, perhaps the story of Noah's ark and the world-ending flood are the most widely known. Modern scholars have noted the resemblance of the story to one which appears in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh dating back to the seventh century BCE. While believers and adventurers try to find proof of the ark itself on Turkey's Mt. Ararat, scientists instead look for evidence of the localized flood that inspired the stories. Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic Explorer was part of a team that discovered evidence of man-made structures 300 feet below the surface of the Black Sea, adding credence to theories that this was the location of the flood that inspired the biblical and Babylonian stories. Dr. Hiebert will discuss his discoveries and other modern evidence helping to shed light on the story of Noah's ark.

How cool is that? If you're in the area, this would be an inexpensive, educational, and entertaining way to pass a Wednesday evening. Remember to register in advance.

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