“ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN THE MAKING” FOR CHILDREN AGES 7 TO 13
10 FEBRUARY 2009, PHILADELPHIA, PA—For the summer of 2009, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a 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.
“Anthropologists in the Making,” organized by the Education Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, runs eight theme-oriented one week sessions from June 22nd through August 14th.
Children may attend one or more of the weekly-themed programs. This year’s themes are:
Week 1: June 22nd – June 26th, Furry Friends and Savage Beasts:
Campers explore creatures, from across cultures and throughout time, that humans have come to regard as loyal pets, divine beasts and feared monsters.
Week 2: June 29th – July 2nd, Ancient Maya Civilization: Journey Down the Chixoy River:
Campers delve into the rituals, art and politics of the ancient Maya who lived along the Chixoy River by exploring the Museum’s special exhibition “Painted Metaphors: Pottery and the Politics of the Ancient Maya.”
Week 3: July 6th – July 10th, The Magic, Myths and Mystery of Ancient Egypt:
The Museum’s Egyptian collection is the focus as children discover how magic and mystical items affected Egyptian daily life. Campers enact a play based on Egyptian myths and take part in related arts activities.
Week 4: July 13th – July 17th, Can You Dig It?:
Campers unearth artifacts in a mock dig based on the Penn Museum’s excavation work at the important archaeological site of Gordion (site of King Midas!) in present day Turkey. Archaeologists in training dig in, uncover and report their findings.
Week 5: July 20th – July 24th, Powerful People: Kings, Caesars, Pharaohs and Shamans:
How important rulers and gods from past civilizations rise to power is the subject as campers explore the symbols of status and ancient artifacts representing power.
Week 6: July 27th – July 31th, Game On:
Campers journey through different cultures to discover the history of games then and now, before designing games of their own.
Week 7: August 3rd – August 7th, Going Green:
Going green, then and now! Campers learn about some of the world’s earliest conservationists and discover how nature has shaped cultural beliefs and ways of life around the globe.
Week 8: August 10th – August 14th, Life in the Big City:
Campers are introduced to a few of the world’s first cities and learn about early transportation, sanitation, mass housing, law enforcement, architecture and government. Then they design their own model of a future city!
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 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. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.