Antiquities Emerge in University of Michigan Archaeology Museum

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Long-hidden art and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean are on display for the first time in years at the University of Michigan's newly expanded Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor.

A 20,000-square-foot addition to the museum, funded by an $8.5 million gift from the late Edwin and Mary Meader, has just opened. In 2003, the Meader estate made the gift for what has become the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing. It's named for Mary Meader's grandfather, who founded the Upjohn pharmaceutical business. The museum itself bears the name of the late Michigan professor Francis Kelsey and holds more than 100,000 ancient artifacts. Many are materials excavated from Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East in the 1920s and '30s. Items include art, toys, burial items, pottery and jewelry.

For decades, the space limits prevented many of the objects from going on public display. "People have no idea what we have here," said Elaine Gazda, the museum's curator of Hellenistic and Roman antiquities. "People will be stunned by the richness and depth of collections."


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