Dig! – Hunt for Treasure at The Leonardo’s Family Activity Night

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In conjunction with The Leonardo’s blockbuster exhibit The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, The Leonardo staff is preparing a brand new Family Activity Night for Thursday, January 9th, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Entitled Dig! The staff will lead explorers on a mock archaeological dig to search for hidden treasure. This activity will let treasure hunters of all ages practice real life excavating techniques, including the same techniques that unearthed the Dead Sea Scrolls and the astonishing ancient artifacts currently on display with the exhibit.

The ancient text of The Dead Sea Scrolls mentions a treasure map, inscribed on a scroll of copper, with hidden locations scattered around Israel in caves, crypts, and pools concealing gold and silver, valued today at upwards of billions of dollars. Maybe you can find a piece?

The Copper Scroll states, “In the fortress which is in the Vale of Achor, forty cubits under the steps entering to the east: a money chest and its contents, of a weight of seventeen talents. In the sepulchral monument, in the third course of stones: 100 bars of gold. In the Cave of the Column of two openings, facing east, at the northern opening is buried, at three cubits, a ritual limestone vessel. In it is one scroll; underneath istreasure*.”* (3Q15).

After painstakingly scraping, brushing, and digging for what seems hours through the burning sands, your excavating trowel strikes something hard. Ding. Using a small hand-broom, you begin to brush away the last few grains of dust, and then you see the glimmer of something. Something gold. Buried perhaps thousands of years ago, until you discovered it. Imagine that thrill! Watch your families’ eyes light up as they become archaeologists for an hour, learning what it takes to excavate hidden ruins with the help of an actual archaeologist, in a very special Family Activity Night at The Leonardo.

With regular museum admission, this is a fun, family activity that your family, young and old, will remember for years to come. Apart from the kid-friendly fun factor of digging in the dirt for buried treasure, Dig! will also be a highly educational learning experience, as a real-life archaeologist guides the participants through the science and the art behind the intricate process of unearthing artifacts.

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Two separate sessions of the activity will take place, the first from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the second from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can choose the best time for your family to attend. Both sessions will be located at the Lab@Leo in The Leonardo. The Lab@Leo is located on the first floor curated by professional artists.

The Leonardo is Utah’s premier science, art, and technology museum. The Leonardo provides Family Activity Night to patrons to learn more about the topics presented in our unique exhibits, and how they can connect and integrate them in their everyday lives.

While you are here, why not see The Dead Sea Scrolls? Tour the archaeological ‘find of the century,’ and see the fruits of archaeology brought to Utah. This once in a lifetime engagement features the largest collection of Israeli artifacts to ever leave Israel. Visit www.TheLeonardo.org for more info!