The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that the Oriental Institute has opened its new Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. The Kipper Center simulates an archaeological dig, so that visiting school children can recover archaeological replicas buried in an artificial ancient mound. From the Chronicle:
“Giving school children the opportunity for hands-on excavation is fundamental to the mission and future of the Oriental Institute,” said Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute. “It will give visitors a more direct experience with archaeological discovery, not only significantly enhancing what they learn, but also giving them a strong personal connection with archaeology and with the ancient Near East.”
The new center is named for Chicagoans David and Barbara Levy Kipper. David Kipper is a clinical psychologist who served as an adjunct faculty member and Senior Research Associate in the School of Social Service Administration. For more information, read the full Chronicle article here.