Runs Weekly July 1 through August 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA—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.
"Anthropologists in the Making" runs eight theme-oriented, week-long sessions from July 1 through August 23, 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: July 1–5 (NO CAMP July 4) Growing Up through the Ages
Imagine growing up thousands of years ago. How was life for a young person different and similar to the way you live today? Discover domestic roles and home structures throughout history. Recreate a lararium, an ancient Roman household shrine, a Tlingit plank house, and more. Participate in a "Homeowner's Expo" for friends and family to attend.
Session 2: July 8–12 Can You Dig It?
Follow in the footsteps of renowned archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley and journey to the land of ancient Mesopotamia. Uncover artifacts in a mock dig. Think as archaeologists do as you piece together clues to solve mysteries of the ancients. Chat with an archaeologist and learn about career and excavation experiences.
Session 3: July 15–19 Artsy Asia
Jump to the mighty continent of Asia and delve into its many art forms. Participate in a tea ceremony, practice some martial arts moves, design rangoli, an Indian folk art, and more. Examine the values that shape the works of art. Invite your family and friends to participate in a DIY craft fair.
Session 4: July 22–26 Mummies Unwrapped
Get up close and personal with the Penn Museum's mummies. Learn how mummies are made and why they were so important to ancient Egyptian culture. Visit In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, and chat with conservators about their recent work on Egyptian funerary objects. You just might become a mummy yourself!
Session 5: July 29–August 2 Trickster Tales
Whether they are sneaky or cowardly, friends of humans or foes of the gods, tricksters are mythical figures that have been revered in many cultures from coast to coast. Construct a totem, paint on a scroll, and write your own trickster tale. Work with new friends to don a costume and perform some trickster tales for friends and family to attend.
Session 6: August 5–9 Greek Geeks
For lovers of all things classical, this camp week is for you! Study the evolution of pottery design and mold your own amphora. Sample some Grecian food, make simulated coins, and design some armor. Reflect on the daily lives of men and women, from Athens to the gods of Mount Olympus.
Session 7: August 12–16 It's a Monk's Life
Imagine shaving your head, shunning food, or gathering with millions of people to show devotion to your beliefs. Explore spiritual practices across many cultures. Delight in medieval music when a special performer visits. Take a vow of silence, contemplate a Zen koan, and illuminate a manuscript. Put your parents' and friends' patience and skills to the test as they participate in the "Monastic Games."
Session 8: August 19–23 Visions and Dreams
Examine the significance of dreams as you learn about the roles of shamans and mystics and the purpose of vision quests. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech when a special guest visits. Share your hopes for the future when you craft your own dreamcatcher.
Penn Museum, located at 3260 South Street 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 website at www.penn.museum.
Photo captions (top to bottom): Campers pose with an archaeological find unearthed during the summer camp 2012 mock excavation; camper poses with a temple craft he created during "Classical Odyssey" week, camp 2012; campers visit Penn Museum's Greece Gallery and learn about ancient Greek orators during summer camp 2012 sessions. Photos: Penn Museum.