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Join us for the last edition of our four-part Anthropology Speaker Series, with special guest speakers from the University of Central Florida.

Mummies provide scientists with amazing opportunities to understand the lives of past people, but these pieces of history are very rare. So how do scientists understand ancient lives without the benefit of hair, fingernails, clothes, and organs? Archaeologists have become expert at examining ancient lives through burial practices and human skeletons. This presentation will introduce you to a teenaged priest, a grandmother, a lady of noble birth, and a weaver from ancient Mexico as examples of lives reconstructed where mummification hasn’t taken place.


Dr. Sarah “Stacy” Barber is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007. Dr. Barber has conducted field research in Colorado, Utah, Florida, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Her long-term field research area is the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where she has directed six field projects over the past 15 years. Dr. Barber has published on a variety of topics, including the origins of Mesoamerican civilizations, ancient trade networks, pre-Columbian burial practices, ancient religion, and music archaeology, as well as balancing work and life in archaeology and academia. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the John Templeton Foundation, among others.


Experience the Anthropology Speaker Series with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students, and $18 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, the blockbuster exhibit Mummies of the World, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.

*Please note, tickets can be pre-purchased online at or at the door.
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By: Orlando Science Center

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