Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization. This exhibition explores ancient Egypt's Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic material culture and shows how these objects inform on our understanding of Egyptian culture and civilization. The most fundamental aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization--architecture, hieroglyphic writing, a belief in the afterlife and allegiance to a semi-divine king--are linked to Egypt's Pre-Dynastic era, which predates the famous pyramids of Giza by about a thousand years. The exhibit includes over one hundred objects, including works of art and ceramics in addition to recovered objects from the tombs of the first kings and of the retainers who were buried alongside them. Recent studies and research is presented in tandem with the exhibit. Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, IL (USA). Now through December 31, 2011.
Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy. This exhibit situates an ancient Egyptian mummy--excavated at the religious center of Abydos by archaeologists, in Middle Egypt, in the 1920s--in the context of ancient Egypt's mummification and burial practices and the cult of the dead, while simultaneously exploring the intricate social and political changes which distinguished the close of the Pyramid Age. This exhibit also focuses on the importance and relevance of Abydos to the cult of Osiris. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (USA). Now through December 11, 2011.
In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great: Ancient Macedonia. Come and learn about the history of Alexander's captivating homeland and countrymen from the 15th century BCE to Late Antiquity this fall in Paris. Presenting more than a thousand artifacts from museums in northern Greece and from on-going French archeological digs, this is already the must-see exhibition this fall. "People know that Alexander was Greek, but they do not know that he was also Macedonian, or that Macedonia is in Greece," says the Louvre's director of Greek antiquities. "The exhibition presents an opportunity for visitors to rediscover Alexander in the light of his [Macedonian] origins." Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. October 3, 2011 through January 2, 2011.
Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. In Jerusalem in 1229 CE, the greatest works of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes were erased and overwritten accidentally by an unknown scholar. Nearly eight hundred years later, a team of museum experts began a project to recover, restore, and read these erased texts. By the time they had finished, the team had recovered Archimedes' secrets, rewritten the history of mathematics and discovered entirely new texts from the ancient world. This unique exhibition is about the process of recovery, restoration, and rediscovery. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (USA). October 16, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
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