ANN ARBOR—Kids and grown-ups alike can participate in events designed to acquaint families with the processes of archaeology when the University of Michigan's Kelsey Museum of Archaeology holds its " Family Day" on April 29.
From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., families can take part in activities that include jewelry making, story telling, an archaeological dig on the museum's front lawn, making a mummy and gallery tours of its newest exhibition, " Preserving Eternity: Modern Goals, Ancient Intentions. "
Participants will be able to learn about the process of mummification by turning a doll into a " mummy. " The process begins by removing the organs (made of candy) from a hole in the back of the doll. These candy organs are then put into canopic jars (film canisters) and the doll wrapped in a shroud and sealed in a cardboard coffin that has been decorated with hieroglyphics applied with ink stamps. Participants will then write their names in a cartouche, an Egyptian name plate.
There is a charge of $8 per family for members of the Associates of the Kelsey Museum and $10 per family for non- members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Kelsey Museum at 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.