The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype

It’s not what you think! Two thousand years ago, the Kama Sutra, a Sanskrit work on an idealized way of life was written, containing advice ranging from friendship and equality of women to decorating tips as well as…sex.  To cast the Kama Sutra as merely a sex manual is to miss the point of the text–it is one of the world’s best-known but most misunderstood works.

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SCI Cemetery Heritage Tour: Tales from Galveston's City of the Dead
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

SCI Cemetery Heritage Tour: Tales from Galveston's City of the Dead


Explore the oldest and most historic cemetery in Galveston on a guided walking tour. Broadway Cemetery is where many well-known citizens of Galveston and Texas are laid to rest. Hear stories about Galveston’s famous, and infamous, former residents. Your tour includes bus transport to Galveston and lunch at Gaido’s, one of Galveston’s oldest restaurants. 

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The Howard Pieper Cemetery Preservation Project - Fall
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Howard Pieper Cemetery Preservation Project - Fall


With more than 100,000 interments, this federal cemetery is the final resting place for those who defended our nation. To commemorate Veterans Day, help Archaeology Now clean headstones that have been weathered by time. Perhaps, you have a loved one who served in the military buried here. Consider this your opportunity to honor their memory and others who served.

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Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages
Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Comics all owe a debt to Gilgamesh, a hero in Mesopotamian mythology and the protagonist of the world’s first epic story. Gilgamesh was a historic king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk and probably ruled sometime between 2800 and 2500 BCE. His story has been immortalized as one of the seminal stories in world literature, depicting the struggle to become fully human through a journey of self-discovery. Archaeological work in the Fertile Crescent has helped us understand the world in which the hero lived and provides a better understanding of the roots of Western civilization 

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4th Annual - The "A" Games: Ancient Games from Around the World
Jan
11
10:00 AM10:00

4th Annual - The "A" Games: Ancient Games from Around the World

Experience 4,000 years of games in a day! Test your strategy and skill! Play games from around the world and through time, including a game featured in the first Harry Potter movie. Included is a giant floor-sized Royal Game of Ur, where you are the playing piece. Engage in battle to see whose tactics will win this ancient game. 

Then … take the game home with you! 

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Bayou Bend Free Family Event: Ancient Texas
Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Bayou Bend Free Family Event: Ancient Texas

Forge a connection to Texas and American heritage at an afternoon filled with free art-making workshops, interactive games, and archaeology. Discover how early settlers in Texas lived by participating in a prepared excavation and science and cultural activities that reveal pioneer life–all designed to forge links to the past. Learn how this knowledge improves the present and why preservation is important for the future. 

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Winter Heritage Tour: A Joyful Family Reunion - A Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Heritage Tour: A Joyful Family Reunion - A Chinese New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year celebrations in China run for weeks with special meals prescribed for particular days of the cycle. An important aspect of festivities is ritual visits to family members. A bus tour to a market introduces you to ingredients that will be used in the “feast of the gathering of families.” A jubilant dinner of commemoration held at Fung’s Kitchen after the tour celebrates the start of the Year of the Rat. Grab a red envelope and join the festivities.

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Arthur: The Immortal King
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Arthur: The Immortal King

Kings capture our imagination. Out of the mists of time, the story of King Arthur continues to haunt. Was he a real person? Did Mallory in Le Morte D’Arthur capture an ideal that might have been possible? Perhaps, buried deep in our psyche is a longing for the camaraderie of a band of brothers, as well as a noble strong leader who will save us in desperate times. Excavations at Tintagel point to some tantalizing clues. Maybe there is more to the myth. 

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Spring Heritage Tour: Achieving the Vote - The Women's Suffrage Movement in Houston
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Heritage Tour: Achieving the Vote - The Women's Suffrage Movement in Houston

The year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. How did that battle play out in Houston? Renowned Houston historian, Betty Chapman, returns to our Heritage Excursions to lead us on another tour about Houston women and their 75-year fight to achieve full equality as citizens. 

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Popol Vuh: The Dawn of Life
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Popol Vuh: The Dawn of Life

Every culture on earth has a creation myth–we all want to know where we came from. Popol Vuh, the K’ichee Maya book of creation, was recorded in glyphic writing, transmitted orally, and eventually transcribed by Dominican missionaries in the sixteenth century, a few years after the European irruption. It is an extraordinary document of the human historical imagination. Beginning with the deeds of Maya gods in the darkness of a primeval sea, it ends with the radiant splendor of the Maya lords who founded the K’ichee kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. A scholar of Maya origin interprets this classic tale from an indigenous cultural perspective. 

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The Howard Pieper Cemetery Preservation Project - Spring
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

The Howard Pieper Cemetery Preservation Project - Spring

Archaeology Now returns to Salem Lutheran Cemetery, where we held a successful workday cleaning and brightening headstones last year. Several German immigrants who settled in the Rosehill community in the 1840s and their descendants are buried here. In many cases, these headstones preserve the only known information about an individual. 

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The Trojan War: Glory, Fame and Honor
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Trojan War: Glory, Fame and Honor

  • MATCH, Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Struggle and confrontation make up much of human history, and some of our greatest stories revolve around warfare. Indeed, Greek mythology culminates in the Trojan War, one of the foundational tales of Western literature, with themes that continue to reverberate today. But was Troy a real place? Did the battles depicted by Homer really happen? Archaeologists now believe they have unearthed the true lost city of Troy. Discover what they have found in their excavations and learn more about the story, its symbolism, and its continuing contemporary significance.

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Bayou Bend Free Family Day: Ancient Rome
May
17
1:00 PM13:00

Bayou Bend Free Family Day: Ancient Rome

Uncover how the classical world influenced American art and design at a free day with hands-on activities for families at Bayou Bend House and Gardens. Excavate, play ancient games, build an arch, participate in arts, crafts, and science activities to learn about the world of ancient Rome. Roman enactors will be present with a large collection of gear, transforming you into a foot soldier for the emperor. 

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Family Tree DNA Lecture | Conversos: A Secret Past
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Family Tree DNA Lecture | Conversos: A Secret Past

  • Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For some families, identity contains a hidden surprise. One of the earliest groups of crypto Jews, or conversos, was brought to North America by Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva in the 16th century and populated northern Mexico and southern Texas. Some abandoned allegiance to Judaism, gradually losing knowledge of their Jewish identity.

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Stories from the Beginning of Time
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Stories from the Beginning of Time

EXPERIENCE Family Outreach

Cosponsored by The Children's Museum of Houston

Cameron McCarthy - Aboriginal Storyteller and Didgeridoo Player

Stories and Songs from the Cradle of the World

Thursday, April 26; 6pm - 7pm; Children's Museum of Houston

Hear music and stories that are thousands of years old!

Cameron McCarthy, an aboriginal artist, dancer, and musician whose ancestry is from the Kuku-Yalanji and Ba-Barum tribes of Northern Queensland, Australia. Mr. McCarthy. a former United Nations artist, performs with a Didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Aboriginal people of Australia that dates back thousands of years and is considered sacred.

For his performances, Cameron paints his body in designs that evoke the memory his ancestors. His ancestors, then, becomes part of his performance with him.

Free Admission During Free Family Nigh

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