UE Hosts “First Humans” Archaeological Exhibit

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The University of the East, specifically its Manila campus, is hosting “The Journey of Mankind: The First Humans Out of Africa,” a traveling exhibit featuring 1.8 million-year old human skulls dug up from Dmanisi, a city in the Republic of Georgia. The exhibit opens this Monday, July 11, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at the Dalupan Lobby. The event is organized primarily by Traveling Museum PH in cooperation with the Embassy of Georgia, the Georgian National Museum, Crania Heritage Sciences Inc., COZOZ Inc., several media partners, and UE.

The University’s administrative and academic officials are enjoined to attend the opening, which will be graced by UE President and Chief Academic Officer Ester A. Garcia, with a roster of special guests that include Honorable Joselito Aseniero, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Georgia; National University President and Rotary Club of Manila President Teodoro Ocampo; COZOZ Inc. Vice President Marites Cuisia; and Traveling Museum PH Project Leader Mylene Lising.

Per Traveling Museum PH, “The Journey of Mankind: The First Humans Out of Africa,” by showcasing excavated remnants of the Hominids of Dmanisi, Georgia, aims to provide an opportunity for learning via interaction and discussion about the unfolding of the human story from the distant past, through the lens of the science of material evidence left by early humans.

UE is the fourth stop in the traveling exhibit’s seven-university tour across Metro Manila. After its earlier stops at the Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas and Jose Rizal University, the tour will resume in the University of the Philippines, National University and De La Salle University.

The exhibit will be open in UE from Mondays to Saturdays until August 5, 2016. Alongside the exhibit are two lectures on July 20 and 27 at the Conference Hall and a sandbox archaeology activity on August 3 at the UE Manila Quadrangle.

The first lecture, with Ms. Lising as guest speaker, will be about the first humans out of Africa and the paleoanthropological and archaeological site of Dmanisi. The second lecture, which will have Ms. Kat Manalo as guest speaker, will be about human evolution in general, to show the broader context in which the Dmanisi hominids belong. The sandbox archaeology activity will be conducted by practicing archaeologists, along with select UE students.

Everyone in the UE community is invited to witness this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit and learn more about our past and how it fits into the continuing journey of mankind!

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