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Plenty of books in the Univer-
sity Library system are old. You
know the ones - they have tat-
tered yellow pages almost ready
to fall out of them their binding.
But they're brand new com-
pared with the pieces of the
Book of the Dead in the Univer-
sity Library.
The library owns three pieces
of an ancient Egyptian Book of
the Dead. The book was written
in Egypt about 3,000 years ago,
making the fragments the oldest
items in the University archives.
Written on papyrus in Egyp-
tian hieroglyphics, the book con-
tains spells that were uttered to
guide the recently deceased in
their journey into the afterlife.
Classical Studies Prof. Traia-
nos Gagos, an archivist in the
papyrology department, said
the University Library owns
three fragments of the Book of

the Dead. The University pur-
chased them - along with 400
other papyrus scrolls - from
an antiquities dealer in October
1926, Gagos said.
Gagos said the University
tested the age of the scroll using
carbon-dating and analyzed the
writing style and use of color
to more accurately predict the
text's age. They concluded that
the scroll was written around
1000 B.C.
The pieces of the Book of the
Dead in the University Library
system depict people facing the
god Horus, Gagos said. Horus,
depicted as a man with the head
of a falcon, was the god of the
sky in ancient Egyptian mythol-
ogy.
The University's papyrus col-
lection is sealed within a tem-
perature-controlled room on
the eighth floor of the Hatcher

Graduate Library. The room,
which is protected by a security
system, can only be accessed
by passing through two sets of
locked doors.
Although the elaborate secu-
rity system seems like it is
designed to protect mountains
of ancient treasure, the sys-
tem is necessary to ensure the
safety and preservation of the
artifacts, Gagos said. The tem-
perature inside this chamber is
maintained at 65 degrees and
45 percent humidity - roughly
the same as the desert environ-
ment in which the artifacts were
found, he said.
The Book of the Dead is cur-
rently on loan to the Kelsey
Museum of Archaeology. One
fragment of the scroll is on dis-
play, and the other two are in
storage, Gagos said.
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A piece of "The Book of the Dead," the oldest written work n the Univer-
sity Library collection. The University owns three pieces of the book, which
was written on papyrus about 3,000 years ago.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Sprinkler floods Fire in parking Seminar on Senior violin
.nl .l dThe Michigan State hockey
Dana Building lot destroys cars deadly diseases performance teamcame frombehind late
WHERE: Dana Building WHERE: M-18 Carport, 1600 WiHAT: A lecture by Janes WHAT: A of inthethirdperiod Saturday
WHEN: Saturday at about 8:50 East Medical Center Drive Hughes, an epidemiology works by BeethovenRach- to defeat Boston College and
p.m. WHEN: Thursday at about 2 Beethovens win the NCAA Championship.
WHAT: A fire alarm went off p.m. versity, called "Infectious WHO: School of Music senior The game-winning goal was
in the Dana Building after a WHAT: A fire in a parking lot Disease Perspectives for the Jeoung Han scored with less than 20 sec-
sprinkler was broken in the near the University Hospital 21st Century" WHEN: Today at 7 p.m. onds remaining in regulation.
west stairwell, the Department damaged three cars - a Chevro- WHO: Epidemiology Depart- WHERE: McIntosh Theatre,
of Public Safety reported. Part let truck, a Pontiac Aztek and a ment E.V. Moore Building Charles Simonyi, a
of the first floor of the building Volkswagen Jetta, DPS reported. WHEN: Today at 4 p.m. Microsoft executive who
was flooded by water from the A lamp post and sign were also WHERE: 1014 Tisch Hall helped design Microsoft
sprinkler. Police said the sprin- damaged. Police are investigat- F tOffice, blasted into space with
kler might have malfunctioned. ing the cause of the fire but do Flute student t ssin snautsSat-

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not believe it was intentional. S . f
Drunk student Showing of film performances
Bicyclist rides o
,x~an Pc oAr on Hurricane WHAT: A concert by Schoc

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WHERE: Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 3 a.m.
WHAT: An intoxicated male
University student was reported
to be wandering around Mark-
ley tryingto get into the build-
ing, DPS reported. Police found
him in the Arb and cited him
with minor in possession of
alcohol.

through window Katrina

WHERE: Oxford Housing
WHEN: Thursday at about 7:20
a.m.
WHAT: An unknown subject
crashed a bike through the
window of the Emanuel House
dining hall, DPS reported.
There are currently no sus-
pects. The cost of the damage
was estimated at $1,000.

WHAT: A screening of
"When the Levees Broke,"
a film by Spike Lee about
the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina
WHO: The Roosevelt Institu-
tion
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Forum Hall, Palm-
er Commons

of Music Prof. Amy Porter's
students
WHO: School of Music, The-
atre and Dance
WHEN: Today atB8 p.m.
WHERE: Britton Recital
Hall, E.V. Moore Building
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urday, The Associated Press
reported. He paid $25 million
for the two-week space vaca-
tion. Martha Stewart, his beau,
was on hand for the launch.
An Ohio man writing a
love message to his girl-
friend on a rock slipped
and fell to his death Friday, The
Columbus Dispatch reported.
Just before falling, while writ-
ing "Art loves Kaylee," the man
complained about having to
lean so far to write her name.

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