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Inhabitants of the Starry Sky
April 7, 2010   
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The State Archeological Museum in Warsaw is holding an exhibition entitled Inhabitants of the Starry Sky. The exhibition, mounted with the help of the Dérie Museum in Debrecen, Hungary, consists of artifacts and other objects found during archeological digs at burial grounds in the Hajdú-Bihar region on the Great Hungarian Plain, an area populated by different nomadic peoples over the centuries.
The exhibition provides an insight into various kinds of burials, showing how burial customs changed in the area between the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) and the 14th century. Visitors can discover how ancient peoples imagined the passage from the world of the living to the other side when the soul traveled towards the starry sky. Employing an attractive visual setting, the exhibition comprises over 300 authentic artifacts found at burial grounds, including urns, decorative accessories and weapons, along with Christian symbols such as crucifixes and medallions. Visitors to the museum can also see reconstructed tombs and scale models of burial mounds and shrines.
Most of the displayed items are being shown outside Hungary for the first time.
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Until April 25
State Archeological Museum, 52 D³uga St. (Arsenal building)
Open Mon.-Thu., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed on Fridays
Tickets zl.8 (normal) or zl.4 (discounted), free admission on Sundays; www.pma.pl
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