Brigham Young University will observe Archaeology Week in Utah County with three events next week.
C. Wilfred Griggs of BYU's Department of Ancient Scriptures will describe "Archaeological Excavations at Seila, Egypt, in the Fayum" Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Bean Life Science Museum. Griggs, the professor responsible for bringing the Ramses II exhibit to BYU in 1985, has directed excavations in Egypt for several years.His team recently uncovered an exquisite mummy of a princess. Remarkably, the tomb had not been disturbed by looters.
Donald W. Forsyth of BYU's Department of Anthropology will explain "New Perspectives on the Maya" Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Bean Museum. Forsyth will describe BYU's excavations and research at the ancient sites of El Mirador and Nacbe in Guatemala.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 700 N. 100 E., Provo, will give a demonstration of primitive technologies Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Museum director Joel Janetski said the demonstration will include flint-knapping (making stone tools), fire-making by friction, hide tanning, corn-grinding and basketry.
These Archaeology Week events are sponsored by the United States Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Division of State History, several state archaeological groups, and the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Joel Janetski, 378-6112.