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A Month of Egyptomania, and a Saturday Afternoon Celebration

A Month of Egyptomania, and a Saturday Afternoon Celebration

A Month of Egyptomania, and a Saturday Afternoon Celebration

A Month of Egyptomania, and a Saturday Afternoon Celebration

The University of Pennslyvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosts a day of events and programming with this special celebration for International Archaeology Day, Saturday, October 19.

Celebration Highlights:

Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hijinks with the Sphinx

Guests are invited to join Penn Museum Egyptologists and staff to celebrate the Sphinx! There will be stories of the Sphinx, and an exclusive display of Egyptian kitsch, items from pop culture based on ancient Egyptian themes -- all from the personal collections of the Curators of the Egyptian Section of the Museum. Guests can match wits in a True/False game about ancient Egypt, race through an Indiana Jones-style obstacle course, and enjoy an ancient hairstyles demonstration. Penn Museum members get an exclusive behind-the-scenes Sphinx history tour in the Museum Archives, while everyone can join the Sphinx for a celebratory slice of cake. The Egyptomania afternoon, free with Museum admission, is sponsored in part by the Archaeological Association of America. Special pre-Halloween offer: dress like an ancient Egyptian and get in for half price!

Join us for a special afternoon lecture:

The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings

Also on Saturday, October 19, 3:30 pm

Guests to the Hijinks celebration can delve a little deeper into Egyptian archaeology at this program. John M. Adams, American Research Center in Egypt, speaks about Theodore Davis, one of the most famous names in archaeology at the start of the 20th century. Davis was a poor country preacher's son who won great wealth in Gilded Age New York through corruption and fraud, only to atone for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation, and by discovering a record 18 tombs in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, visit

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