Egyptian artefacts heading to Lancaster

31st Jan 2013

Those interested in Ancient Egypt will be able to view artefacts dating back more than 3,000 years at Lancaster City Museum from this weekend.

The artefacts have been compiled from collections across the north west for the exhibition, From Egypt's Sands To Northern Hill.

Lancashire County Council's museum manager Heather Dowler revealed all of the relics were discovered by Professor John Garstang of Liverpool University during an excavation in Egypt between 1900 and 1914. A display of photographs will give people an idea of what Garstang's expeditions entailed.

"Professor Garstang mainly excavated in cemeteries, which means the objects he retrieved were often of high quality and very well-preserved," she said.

"Among the objects were beautifully decorated vessels, stone statuettes of ordinary soldiers and a very impressive array of wooden masks. Many of these objects are included in this fantastic exhibition."

Families have been encouraged to enjoy free activities at the museum. Visitors will be invited to make their own Egyptian mask similar to the ones seen on mummified pharaohs between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, people can build a model Egyptian pyramid and find out how the structures were built in two sessions on Monday, February 18, with the first taking place.

It will be the turn of the mummies 24 hours later as visitors discover how they were made and learn how to make their own Egyptian mummy puppet.


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