Field Work to the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Sixth graders at The Learning Center! have recently been studying Ancient Egypt and had an exciting opportunity to see ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. 

The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination.  At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920, including the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas.  The collection experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada.  The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts.  The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.  There is also a Greek and Roman display.


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