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Explore the Wonders of Ancient Egypt at IEAA Family Day April 19

Contact: Dr. Patricia Podzorski
901-678-2649
ppodzrsk@memphis.edu

April 1, 201 4 - Families can travel back in time to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt as the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) hosts its annual Family Day Saturday, April 19. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.

IEAA Family Day is free of charge. For group reservations, call 901-678-2649.

Participants will be able to write in hieroglyphs, color masks while learning about ancient Egyptian gods, make a copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet and participate in a scavenger hunt.

In addition, the event will include special tours of the Egyptian Exhibition at the Art Museum, making and decorating a crown and scepter, and learning how to measure the ancient Egyptian way. Bring your own camera and "picture yourself as a mummy."
The popular School for Scribes will be available again this year. In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, including the Rosetta Stone, and how the language was rediscovered. Scribes must be 10 years of age or older. Enrollment is limited; call 901-678-2649 to reserve space.

Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot. Paid parking is available for $2 per hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Innovation Drive, just south of Central Ave.

The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, room 142.

IEAA Family Day is sponsored by the IEAA, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, and the U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts and Department of Art. The IEAA and the Art Museum maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South. More than 200 objects are on display representing 4,000 years of Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, statuary, jewelry, tomb furnishings and items from everyday life.

For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/egypt or contact Dr. Patricia Podzorski, IEAA curator of Egyptian Art, at 901-678-2649.

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