Peabody Museum Explores Land of Pharaohs

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"Whether it’s the sphinxes, hieroglyphics, Cleopatra or mummies, we’ve all had a fascination with the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

“Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs,” an exhibition of almost 100 objects that covers a time span of thousands of years, opens Saturday for a long run through January 2014 at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

It offers a scholarly feel, a gallery feel and a place for the kids to say, “See, Mom, this is why we like this stuff,” thanks to its careful curation by Colleen Manassa, the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson, associate professor of Egyptology in Yale’s department of Near Eastern languages and civilization.

“We’re very proud that there is at least one object from every major holding or museum at Yale,” says Manassa. “The oldest object is about 3500 BCE, a predynastic vessel, and our most recent object from the early 1960s is a catalog of a Tutankhamun exhibit that was at the museum ...,” adding that it’s also timely, because it’s the 50th anniversary of Yale’s Nubian campaign, where scholars rescued a lot of archaeological sites."-See the full article at The New Haven Register



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