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Ancient Meso-American Marketplace

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

illustration for USU Museum of Anthropology, Meso-American marketplace activity

(illustration from the Museum of Anthropology website)

Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology invites guests to experience an ancient marketplace in activities at its next Saturdays at the Museum activity.

Throughout the day Feb. 23, guests can complete a number of activities to “earn” beans, organizers said. They can grind corn, make feather fans or fashion clay pots. After earning their beans, guests can exchange them for prizes.

Museum visitors can also explore the museum’s recently updated teaching trunk on Mayan, Aztec and Incan culture.

“The Meso-American marketplace is the museum’s own mini economy,” said Diana Azevedo, a museum assistant. “Kids will get to make fun things, earn beans and the best part, spend their beans! Prizes will include things like stickers and candy. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

The USU Museum of Anthropology can be found on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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