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Journey to the Copper Age

June 10, 2007-February 4, 2008
Location: San Diego Museum of Man
Curator: Osnat Misch-Brandl
This exhibition reviews the history of profound social change brought about by metallurgy, including the birth of Mediterranean farming, the creation of the first temples and cemeteries, and the emergence of complex societies. The exhibition is based on a National Geographic expedition organized by Professor Thomas Levy (University of California, San Diego), who led a group of international scientists across the deserts of Jordan and Israel to reconstruct ancient trade routes, mining methods, and ore smelting practices that were first used more than 6,000 years ago. Produced by the San Diego Museum of Man and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the National Geographic Museum, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Calit2, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the exhibition is curated by Prof. Thomas Levy of UCSD and Osnat Misch-Brandl, Curator of Chalcolithic and Canaanite Periods at the Israel Museum.