Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Discover Indiana Jones, crystal skulls and mummies!

A new exhibition is coming to Cardiff on 26 January 2016 as part of a wider celebration entitled The Year of Adventure in WalesTreasures: Adventures in Archaeology, is to be held at the wonderful National Museum Cardiff and I for one am very excited about it! 

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to delve into the world of famous explorers.  They will also discover treasures from popular culture such as Indiana Jones' hat, whip and jacket, crystal skulls , Inca gold and Egyptian mummies.

Corinthian Helmet, 750-650 BC
"The exhibition will tell the stories behind great archaeological discoveries from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Pre-Columbian America and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), some of which havenever been seen in Wales before. It will include a whole host of fascinating objects and treasures from ancient worlds as well as more recent examples uncovered in Wales. You'll be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of archaeologists - historical and fictional - to uncover the stories behind some of the world’s ancient treasures. 

Star objects will include:
  • an Egyptian mummy
  • Roman treasures
  • a crystal skull from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, thanks to Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • human skulls from Viking-age burials at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey
  • a 19th-century crystal skull from Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.
The archaeological investigations of individuals such as Giovanni Belzoni (Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities), Flinders Petrie (Egyptologist) and Adela Breton (archaeological artist and explorer) will be explored. This will be contrasted with adventure today and the impact of archaeological discoveries on popular culture, fiction and film, from Tintin and Indiana Jones to Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle." - National Museum Cardiff.

The link to purchase your timed slot tickets (to guarantee entry) can be found here.  

The exhibition is likely to be extremely popular so the museum are advising to allow plenty of time to park!

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