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Discoveries from early Greek community featured at WFU Anthropology exhibit

January 19, 2007

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will open “Chaeronia 6000 Years BC,” an exhibit highlighting the University of Colorado Museum’s archaeological findings from the site of an early Greek community Feb. 6.  The exhibit will run through May 25

Chaeronia (pronounced “hair-o-ne-a”) was a simple Greek community that once thrived on the banks of the Kephisos River.  In 338 BC, Chaeronia became the site where Phillip of Macedon defeated an alliance of Greek city states.  Later, it was known as the birthplace of the famous writer Plutarch.

Recently, a University of Colorado team conducted a systematic excavation of the village ruins and found evidence revealing the evolution of this once hunting-and-gathering community into an agricultural village economy.  The exhibit, which includes photographs, illustrations, replicas of ceramic figures and vessels, clay toys and models, stone and bone tools and other objects, illustrates how shifts in food procurement methods can launch dramatic changes in culture.  

The Museum of Anthropology is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Admission is free. For more information, call (336) 758-5282 or visit

Other museum events scheduled during the spring semester are listed below:

“The Little Brother of War:  An Introduction to Southeastern Indian Stickball,” Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.  Lecture by Eric Bowne, visiting professor of anthropology at Wake Forest. 

“Gifts of the Monkey Gods:  Maya Crafts from Guatemala,” through May 25.  An exhibit featuring wooden masks, hand-woven clothing, wooden sculptures and other crafts made in Guatemala. 

“Apocalypto:  Fact and Fantasy in Mel Gibson's Maya World,” Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.  A panel discussion about Mel Gibson’s film “Apocalypto” featuring George Stuart, president of the Center for Maya Research; Patricio Balona, a Yukatek Maya and journalist at the Daytona Beach News Journal; Jeanne Simonelli, professor of anthropology at Wake Forest; and Stephen Whittington, director of Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology.   

Children’s After-School Program:  “Music:  The Universal Language,” Feb. 12 and 26 and March 12 and 26.  After-school programs for children grades 1 - 5 that explores the ways different cultures use music to communicate, worship and entertain.  Registration required. 

“Upsurge from the Bottom:  Zapatistas, Mexico and Electoral Process,” March 6, 7:30 p.m.  Lecture by renowned author and journalist John Ross.  Ross will discuss the struggles of the Zapatistas since the July 2000 election of Vicente Fox and chronicle the changes in the Mexican political landscape and their affect on the Zapatista resistance. 

St. Patrick's Day Sale, March 6 - 20.  Shoppers can pick a shamrock to reveal a percentage off of their total purchase at the museum shop.  The shop will be open Monday through Saturday during the sale.

Family Day, April 14, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  A family event featuring ancient Greek stories, crafts, games and food.

Spring/Graduation Shop Sale, May 8 - 22.  All museum shop merchandise, including imported jewelry, toys and puzzles, is on sale.  Shoppers receive a 15 percent discount on purchases $5 and up (25 percent discount for MOA friends).  The museum shop will be open Monday through Saturday during the sale.

Admission is free for all events except the children’s after-school programs.  Contact the museum at (336) 758-5282 for registration and fees.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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