Famous Local Authors Exhibit Adventure

Surprise, surprise all of mankind: there's more to Idaho than potatoes, potatoes and, yes, potatoes. But, let's face it, the things of most importance, in any facet of life, resemble the common potato in its gargantuan presence in the world. Potatoes have become a staple food in several parts of our world, and serve an integral part in … Continue reading Famous Local Authors Exhibit Adventure

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Getting Spooky in Skeletal Collections

As we are nearing the arrival of not only All Hallow's Eve, but also the second season of Stranger Things (returns October 27th for all interested parties), we here at the BYU-Idaho Special (Skeletal, if you will) Collections department thought we would embrace the bone-chilling mood of this holiday season, and showcase a sampling of particularly "spooky" … Continue reading Getting Spooky in Skeletal Collections

Artifact Spotlight: Roman Funerary Stele

This original funerary stele is a marble monument to memorialize a deceased 17-year-old young man.  It is written in Greek, although the young man's first name is Latin and dates back to the 2nd century and is from Turkey. Funerary Steles: Like today's tombstones, funerary steles were a memorial for the deceased, although cemeteries did … Continue reading Artifact Spotlight: Roman Funerary Stele

Artifact Spotlight: Cuneiform Envelope

This original clay tablet is from ~2150 BC and is made of fired clay.  The writing is in Sumerian. Description: Clay tablets like this were once considered 'recyclable' and weren't meant to be kept.  Occasionally accidental fires would take place and the clay would be fired, preserving them for centuries.  Like our paper envelopes today, … Continue reading Artifact Spotlight: Cuneiform Envelope