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“Terra Cotta Warriors” Exhibit Curator to Discuss Extraordinary Artifacts

The Lone Star College-Montgomery Lyceum Speaker Series will welcome Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, the curator of the “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, to discuss the exhibit on Tuesday, September 15 at 12 p.m. on campus in Building B, Room 102.

The presentation is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided, and a meet-and-greet will start at 11:30 a.m. in the same location.

The “Terra Cotta Warriors” exhibit showcases the largest display of clay warriors and tomb artifacts ever to travel to the United States. The exhibit, which runs until October 18 at the museum, is one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds of the 20th century. It is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the ancient world.

The terra cotta warriors were discovered in the tomb complex of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The warriors stood guard over a vast necropolis commissioned by the emperor when he was only 13 years old and were intended to protect him throughout eternity.

“This exhibition brings to light the expression of the high creativity and the ruthless power that dominated in this early Chinese empire,” said Linda Woodward, department chair of arts and humanities at LSC-Montgomery. “The quest for immortality by Emperor Qin Shi Huang is a fascinating study.”

The speaker, Dr. Van Tuerenhout, is the curator of anthropology for the museum. He holds two master’s degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium–one in ancient history and one in art and archaeology. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from Tulane University.

The Lyceum Speaker Series at LSC-Montgomery provides a variety of free lectures based on sociological, historical, economic, political, psychological and spiritual views. All campus and community members are invited any Lyceum events throughout the year.

For more information about the Lyceum Series or this upcoming presentation, contact Linda Woodward at linda.woodward@LoneStar.edu or (936) 273-7228, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/lyceum.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
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