Relics of ancient Egypt in church exhibition

PRICELESS artefacts from ancient Egypt will be on display in Warrnambool from Saturday.

The relics, which come from the personal collection of Avondale College chaplain Dr Wayne French, will be shown at Warrnambool’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Lava Street from February 8-15.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a large urn found at the Pyramid of Djoser (or Zoser), which is believed to be the earliest large-scale cut stone construction, having been built between 2667BC and 2648BC.

The collection will also include bottles, vases and jewellery from Roman times, plus 2000-year-old jars and jugs from Israel and Jordan will also be on display.

To round out Dr French’s exhibit will be replicas of some of the best known artefacts of Ancient Egypt, including the famed Tutankhamen death mask discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter.

There will also be replicas of the Rosetta Stone — the trilingual carving that allowed archaeologists to finally decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs — as well as recreations of the Cylinder of Cyrus and ancient tablets from Assyria, Ebla, Egypt and Babylon.

Dr French will be hosting talks on a different subject related to the exhibition every night from 7pm.

For bookings contact 5562 2808 or 0407 629 969.

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