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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

A 2,000 year old sarcophagus!Ann Arbor is home to the outstanding Kelsey Museum of Archaeology with its collection of over 100,000 artifacts from the ancient and early medieval cultures of Egypt, the Middle East, Greece and Italy. This fascinating sarcophagus from the second century is so intricately carved. Do you see Bacchus and his bride in the chariot on the far left? The museum was first established by Francis W. Kelsey, a latin professor who spent every free minute buying up artifacts and going on digs. Housed in a cool 1891 building and formerly called Newberry Hall, is also a study center and research facility for scholars from around the world.

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