Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Museum of Vancouver: Ancient Worlds

My day at the Museum of Vancouver to uncover the science of archeology:

There is lots to learn about this real Egyptian mummified boy "Panechates"!

He came to the MOV when Dr. Kidd of Vancouver went on vacation to Egypt. He bought the mummy as a "souvenir" and brought it back to Vancouver. He and his friends had an "unwrapping party" as was fashionable back then, which is why Panechates has his head unwrapped.

Soon everyone wanted to see "5 year-old Princess Diana" (back then they thought all mummies were royal, and they had no X-rays to tell that it was a boy and actually 10!). People were knocking on Dr. Kidd's door asking for a look. Eventually Dr. Kidd was so sick and tired of all the attention that he gave it to the MOV for all to stare at.

After X-rays and CT scanners were invented they found that both Panechates' legs were broken and his skull fractured. What do you think happened to young Panechates?

After our visit with Panechates, we learned how to uncover artifacts in a simulated field dig like professional (though slightly out-of-date) archeologists!

First you string off the area where you think some artifacts are hidden (like the picture shown). Then you start to scrape away sand with a tool called a trowel. If you uncover something, immediately switch to a brush and sweep away any extra sand. Then draw the rough outline of the object. Using a ruler, write down the measurements (height and width) going from the centre of the object. After, also mark the depth of where the object is from the side of its string square down to the centre of the object.

My digging partner Trinity and I worked on uncovering "artifacts" from the Indus Valley. We discovered a piece of a drainage pipe, a toy ox and cart, and a brick for making a house. After the dig, everyone went to a "conference" to show the other teams what they had found and what they would want to add to the permanent collection. The question for the Indus Valley team was, "Were farms and a comfortable family life important to the Indus Valley people?" Trin & I chose the toy ox and cart because it showed that the people had leisure time for toys, and the importance of farming to their culture. Now I bet that I have bored you to death , so I'll wrap up here!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. Always something new to uncover
    Love Nanny & Papa