Philadelphia, PA 2014—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.
Expanded to nine weeks for summer 2014, "Anthropologists in the Making" runs theme-oriented, weeklong sessions from June 23 through August 22, 2013. Details about the popular camp, coordinated by the Penn Museum's Community Engagement department, are online: www.penn.museum/camp. Online registration is available now via the website. Children may attend one or more of this year's weekly-themed programs:
Session 1: June 23–27 Worn and Adorn
People around the world have been piercing, tattooing, painting, and adorning their bodies for centuries. Body modification and what it means is personal and cultural. Explore Penn Museum's galleries and be on the lookout for necklaces, scarification tools, earplugs, and body art. Try your hand at a henna design, craft your own jewelry, create your own tattoo, and more.
Session 2: June 30–July 3 Gift of the Nile
The rhythm of ancient Egyptian life, from building the pyramids to engaging in battle, was defined by the Nile River. Learn how the Nile River played an important role for farmers and gods alike. Engineer a boat, participate in a trade game, and more.
Session 3: July 7–11 Digging China
Take a whirlwind tour of more than 4,000 years of Chinese history as you uncover artifacts in a mock dig. Explore themes such as daily life in ancient China, the Silk Road, Chinese calligraphy, and more. Think as archaeologists do as you piece together clues to solve excavation mysteries. Chat with an archaeologist and learn about his/her fieldwork.
Session 4: July 14–18 When in Rome
From a small town in Italy, Rome grew to become the center of one of the world's most influential empires. Meet some of Rome's great rulers, from the cruel to the admirable, and how their great wars were sieged. Learn about home life, gods and goddesses, and commerce as you explore Penn Museum's collections.
Session 5: July 21¬–25 World Mythology
The world's cultures abound with stories about how humans and creatures, the earth, and the sky all began. Hear how the earth is carried by a turtle or hatched from an egg, how people were once made out of mud or wood, and how the sky emerged from the water. Work with new friends to produce a creation story play.
Session 6: July 29–August 1 Gift of the Nile
In case you missed it, we are offering this Egypt session again! The rhythm of ancient Egyptian life, from building the pyramids to engaging in battle, was defined by the Nile River. Learn how the Nile River played an important role for farmers and gods alike. Engineer a boat, participate in a trade game, and more.
Session 7: August 4–8 Heroes, Giants, and Monsters
Heroes, and giants, and monsters—oh my! The old and new worlds alike have recorded myths and true stories about these larger-than-life and fantastic figures. Meet the likes of Polybotes and Paul Bunyan, the chupacabra and the dragon, John EchoHawk and Mahatma Gandhi. Make a medusa mask, craft a dragon puppet, and more.
Session 8: August 11–15 Ancient Egyptian Magic
By popular demand, another Egypt week has been added! From attempting to control the weather to ensuring safe passage into the afterlife, ancient Egyptians utilized magic for practical and spiritual purposes. Design a wand with its own special spell. Craft a heart scarab, swabti, and wadjet eye. Discover mummy curses, magical remedies, and more.
Session 9: August 18–22 Way of the Warrior
Warriors are known for their skills at combat. Still other warriors uphold ideals, defend values and show great courage through peaceful means. Meet the Amazons and the Huns. Learn the codes of chivalry and bushido. Discover contemporary stories of Native American "warriors" striving for equal rights. Go behind the scenes and see some samurai armor before you fashion a helmet and breastplate to take home.
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, active U.S. Military, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.
Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.