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Explore the Rise and Fall of Ancient Empires

Syria: Land of Civilizations

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta

February 16 - September 2, 2002

Embark on a fascinating journey to the ancient Near East and encounter some of the world's oldest cultures. Ancient Empires, Syria: Land of Civilizations features more than 450 archeological treasures.

Among the artifacts are prehistoric stone tools, ancient cuneiform tablets, stone statues, intricate jewelry, medieval manuscripts and delicate textiles, including fabric from the Silk Road trade route. The oldest artifact is a stone hand axe that dates back one million years.

Trace the succession of early farming villages, emerging cities, prosperous city-states and powerful empires as you discover why historic Syria was a birthplace of civilizations and a center for trade, metallurgy, religion and writing. Celebrate the inventiveness of a land and its people, and behold the rich cultural and scientific legacy they left behind.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $10 for children (12 years and under).
To reserve tickets by phone, call 404-929-6400

For details on related lectures, special programs and gallery talks, visit Fernbank's web site at

Artifacts courtesy of the Ministry of Culture, Directorate General of Antiquities and the Museums of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Produced in collaboration with the Musee de la Civilization, Quebec, Canada

Ancient Empires, Syria: Land of Civilizations is sponsored in part by:
The Raymond M. Cash Foundation, Inc.; CIBA Vision; The Rich Foundation, Inc.; Air France; John H. and Wihelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation

Educational Programs associated with the exhibtion

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Ancient Empires, Syria Land of Civilizations
Gallery talk with Dr. Maxwell Miller
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Fernbank Museum

Saturday, March 9, 2002
Understanding Ancient Civilizations for Children
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Fernbank Museum

Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Understanding Ancient Civilizations for Children
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Fernbank Museum

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