In the ancient world, work outdoors stopped when the sun went down. The wonder and potential of electric light had yet to be experienced. Options for work indoors after sunset were limited, but the discovery that oil burns meant that the light from a simple lamp could banish darkness to the corners of a room. The sun might set, but artificial illumination meant work and creativity could continue.
This exhibit explores ancient means of illumination and the development of writing, which no doubt progressed as people labored over a tablet or papyrus at night. Through replicas and original artifacts, the exhibit seeks to help us understand what our predecessors invented in a time when the light from a single flame allowed them to work after the sun went down.
The exhibit is open to the public from 9am-4pm until October 27th. Emmaus Bible College is located at 2570 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001 For information about a guided tour lasting approximately 30 minutes please call 563-258-3023.
Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015
by Nathan Phelan filed under