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Drinking the Past: Re-creating Ancient Brews

This evening, archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern leads a sensory journey back in time as he recalls adventures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Peru and Mexico, and other locales, in search of “liquid time capsules.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions

In a unique 2-day event, international experts in the culture, history, science, and production of wine explore the link between the wines we enjoy today and the earliest of wine-making traditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus. An opening reception, panel presentations, a lunch featuring dishes from these wine regions and complementary pairings, and a concluding Grand Tasting enhance the experience.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Opening Reception)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Seminar) and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Grand Tasting)
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting

The concluding event in a 2-day exploration of the origins of wine civilizations, the Grand Tasting offers opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How to Make the Mummies Talk

More than 2,000 years after Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty, new imaging technology is beginning to unlock texts hidden within the layers of papyrus mâché masks used in elaborate mummification rituals common from 300-30 B.C. Learn about the efforts by an international team of researchers to evaluate new methods to help reveal stories from the past.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Archaeology in Maryland: Excavating History
All-Day Tour

St. Mary’s City and St. Leonard on Maryland’s Western Shore are locations that offer rich archaeological insights into the state’s—and America’s—past. Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring that history though excavations from early Native American sites, colonial settlements, 19th-century battle sites, and more recent finds.

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cultures of the Ancient World: An Evolutionary Exploration from the Sumerians to the Greeks

Between them, Sumer and Egypt, two early civilization centers at opposite ends of the Fertile Crescent, invented writing, accounting, and astronomy, and diffused and disseminated a variety of cultural arts to peoples of the Near East. Join archaeologist Robert Stieglitz for a fascinating exploration of achievements that still resonate with us today.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.