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Archaeology is the hot topic at a public lecture and Coffee and Conversation

Archaeology is the hot topic at a public lecture and Coffee and Conversation at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Gatineau, Quebec, April 11, 2006 — The Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to participate in two events happening this month in conjunction with the new exhibition PETRA: Lost City of Stone, which will be presented until January 2, 2007.

On April 22, archaeologist Dr. Laurent Tholbecq will explain why Petra is unlike other ancient cities. Through his presentation, Dr. Tholbecq will paint the most accurate picture possible of this fascinating city, which was built in the midst of the desert, became a commercial empire and the seat of one of great civilizations of the ancient world. Since 1992, Dr. Tholbecq has participated in many archaeological missions in the Near East (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia) and wrote several publications on the subject.

Lecture
Hellenistic and Roman Petra: History and Archaeology

Dr. Laurent Tholbecq, archaeologist
Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. (English) and 3:30 p.m. (French)
Theatre
Tickets: $5 at the Museum Box Office

On April 23, join us for Coffee and Conversation, and “visit” archaeological sites at Petra and the Middle East with philately expert Norman Caron. Get a different perspective on Petra through postage stamps related to this world heritage site. Communications consultant, author, and philatelic lecturer Norman Caron has been a philatelist for more than 40 years. He has been a member of several Canadian and European philately societies, and continues to work with the Union des philatélistes de Montréal, a club founded in Montreal in 1933.

Coffee and Conversation
Archaeology through Postage Stamps

Norman Caron, philatelic expert
Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. (in French)
Canadian Postal Museum
Free with Museum entrance
Sponsored by Canada Post

More information is available by calling (819) 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

Media Information:

Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: (819) 776-7167

Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: (819) 776-7169

Fax: (819) 776-7187


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