Kelsey Explorer

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Part of the SummerGame2015 Game

To earn this badge, you'll need to visit The University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (located at 434 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109). This wonderful museum houses a collection of more than 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East. A map of the museum can be downloaded here and is available at the reception desk. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm – Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and University holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

Your journey begins at the ground-level “William E Upjohn Exhibit Wing” entrance off Maynard Street. Before you enter the museum, stop in the vestibule to take a look at the large milling jar. Your first code is the name of the agricultural town in Graeco-Roman Egypt where this object was excavated.

Once inside, turn right and head towards the Ancient Near East exhibits. On the wall to the right in this space, you’ll find a case labeled “Messages and Magic.” Objects 7-9 in this case are incantation bowls that are inscribed in gibberish, intelligible only to the world of spirits. Your second code is the name of the period in which these were created.

Now turn to your left and head towards the Cyprus, Greece, Italy display space. Look for the case labeled “Cyprus’s Complex History” and open the top left drawer to see what’s inside. Your third code is the last name of the self-appointed general for whom this collection is named. Feel free to explore other drawers throughout the museum!

Continue to your right, to the case labeled “Greece 8th-5th Century BC.” Take a look at the large amphora (two handled jar) towards the center of the case. Your fourth code is in the name of the divine hero who is battling the Amazons.

Continue down the path to your right towards the Hellenistic display. Turn towards the window to the case displaying “Glassware from Graeco-Roman Egypt.” Look for the objects numbered 23 through 25. Your fifth code is the word for this specific type of bottle.

Turn away from the windows and head towards Dynastic Egypt. Look for the case containing the elaborately decorated and extensively inscribed coffin belonging to an Egyptian priest who served Horus and Hathor in Edfu, Egypt. The name of this priest is your sixth code.

Turn to your right and stop at the next display case, “Animal Cults in Egypt.” Around the corner to the right are two small animal mummies. Your seventh code is these two animals (mammal first).

Continue to your right and head towards the stairs leading up to the second floor. Before going upstairs, stop at the “Peace and the Flow of Goods” display of amphoras. These were the main transport containers for foodstuffs like olive oil, honey, and wine. Consider them the plastic bottles of the ancient world. What specific type of wine was held in amphora number 9? The answer is your eighth code.

Head on up the stairs to the second floor (there’s an elevator around the corner past the roman glass). Next, find the “Room of the Mysteries.” This is a five-sixths scale replica of the paintings in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, Italy. The ninth code is the name of the superintendent of Pompeii who would not allow a full-scale replica.

You tenth code is in the “Dining in Roman Style” case, located across from the entrance to the “Room of the Mysteries.” A lamp holder shaped as a leafy tree is towards the center. A small mammal is part of this lamp. One variety was considered a culinary delicacy. The answer is your code.

Take a left from the "Dining in Roman Style" case, and head towards the far left corner of the room. Your final code is in the Roman Provinces section. Look for the Syro-Palestine case (along the South wall, to the right of the marble head of Polydeukion). You’ll see some small 4-sided objects that might look familiar to you. It seems that gaming has been around for quite some time. The name of the period from which these came and the second word in the title of this object make up your code.

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