The University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology will reopen to the public and begin normal operations on Saturday, Sept. 16. Museum hours will be Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 12 – 4 p.m. on the weekends, and closed Mondays. The public is invited to a small event on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. to mark the museum’s reopening.
In the 1960s, archaeologists discovered in a valley near coastal Peru an artificial mound or pyramid with a crater in the top. At the time, the researchers from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts dismissed the find as a huge mound with a looters’ pit in the middle. Bob Benfer, a professor emeritus of anthropology at MU, still isn’t sure what the structure is, but he’s certain it’s more than just a vandalized pile of rubble.
Christmas came early this year for the Museum of Anthropology. An anonymous donor gave 700 stone tools from Africa and Europe to the museum.
The extensive collection includes Oldowan chopping tools, Acheulean hand axes, as well as other artifacts. In addition, several of the pieces are made from rare Libyan desert glass. When Candace Sall, associate curator, first opened the crates of donated tools, she felt like it was Christmas morning. “Each crate was more impressive than the last,” she says.