Museums in Georgia: Explorations in Antiquity Center
Want to do a little archaeological digging around – Indiana Jones style? How about with a real-live Indiana Jones type teacher, showing you authentic archaeological techniques, step-by-step? If this sounds like an exciting way to spend a day, Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange might just prove to be an adventurous and educational destination for you and your family.
Explorations in Antiquity Center is a museum with full-scale archaeological reconstructions of discoveries from the ancient world. This museum shakes off the dust of history and presents it to all ages in unique and unforgettable ways.
You will find four separate Kid’s Dig pits. One, geared to very young explorers, contains dinosaur remains and other fossils. The other three are for older kids and are based on archaeological excavations of actual sites, ranging in time from the 15th century BCE to the second century CE. Real artifacts and replicas—things like coins, pottery shards, oil lamps, ancient fishing equipment, a stone anchor, mosaics and carved stones—are buried in the sand of these pits. One pit, centered in the early Roman era, is for elementary students. A bi-level Iron Age pit is for middle schoolers. The last, which has three strata ranging from late Roman to Byzantine periods, is geared toward high school students.
The Explorations in Antiquity Center is not just for kids, though—it is for people of all ages, customs and faiths who are interested in seeing the lives and practices of ancient peoples brought into fresh interpretation. You can visit a Time Tunnel, where you will learn about ancient worship practices, ranging from Canaanite paganism to Byzantine Christianity and covering a period of roughly 3,000 years. The Garden Walk features Middle Eastern plants, such as 200-year-old olive trees. You will also see authentic Bedouin goat-hair tents and numerous re-creations: pagan and Jewish altars, an olive press, a first-century residence and tomb, a threshing floor, and an area depicting the brutal Roman method of execution, crucifixion.
You can try your hand at bread making in the fashion Middle Eastern shepherds have employed for thousands of years. You also can dine as ancient Israelis did with a recreated Passover meal, featuring skewered and roasted chicken; unleavened bread; nuts; olives; sun-dried fruits; “bitter herbs,” such as radish, parsley and onion; several Middle Eastern dips; wine and water.
Explorations in Antiquity Center is a one-of-a-kind museum and a great destination for everyone.
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Through archaeological replicas, Biblical meals, lectures, and other personal experiences, the ancient Middle East comes to life at the Explorations in Antiquity Center.
The Visitors Center at the LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce is a good place to find information about where to go and things to do in and around LaGrange.