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The Ancient Near East in Kentucky

January 2022 - May 2024

This exhibit primarily focuses on the role of writing in two early urban societies, Mesopotamia and Egypt. 

The artifacts in this WKU Teaching Pod/exhibit are roughly 4,300 to 3,000 years old. In the 19th century, museums and libraries throughout the Western world acquired cultural artifacts from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, often from a desire to connect with what they considered the origins of Western civilization or Biblical History.

Artifacts in the exhibit include:

     Cuneiform tablets



This exhibition was curated in partnership with professors David Serafini, Marc Eagle, and Jeffrey Miner of the WKU History Department.



The Kentucky Museum and the WKU History Department are pleased to present events in connection with The Ancient Near East in Kentucky. Check back as new events and programs are added. 

Thursday, February 10th 3-4PM - Opening Reception.

Supplemental Materials for HIST 101 World History I Students 

Identification of Sarcophagus Wood Species Dr. Chris Byrne

Unlocking the Mysteries of Ebla Dr. Ron Veenker. Note: This was published in Fanlight, a Kentucky Library and Museum newsletter, January 1984. 


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 Last Modified 9/15/22