For Emmaline Higgins, class of 2018 from Severna Park, Md., the chance to study Egyptology at one of the world's best museums just became reality. The self-designed cultural anthropology major/archaeology and East Asian studies minor has been accepted into the Turin Museum of Egyptology program in Turin, Italy, as a summer intern.
"The Museo Egizio (or Turin Museum of Egyptology) in Turin is an amazing museum that is among the most important in the world," said Higgins, who will be working with Egyptian objects and exploring museum studies from June 25 to July 30. The museum houses the Turin Papyrus Map, the Nubian Temple of Ellesiya, the New Kingdom Tomb of Ka and Merit, and the Old Kingdom Tomb of the Unknown.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to learn about other cultures up close through the artifacts of what they left behind," Higgins said. "As a cultural anthropology major, I will also be able to learn how to interact with people of different nationalities and cultures - this is a hands-on experience that I would not be able to receive in a normal classroom."
Higgins was able to land this unique opportunity through the Institute of Field Research (IFR), an organization created to help bring archaeological field schools to students, and through the recommendation of Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg professor of history, department chair and the director of archaeology.
"I encourage all my students to look at the wonderful opportunities at the IFR," Brooks Hedstrom said. "Here students can search by type of fieldwork desired, region of the world and even time period. The IFR partners with excavations, museums and other projects to provide a well-supported program for students to consider. The IFR also provides scholarship funds for students based upon merit or need."