Communing with the Ancients

Marrow

Somewhere in the deepest recesses of my brain I will always be that kid who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and from that point forward, wanted to be an archaeologist.  I may sit at a computer all day these days, but in my mind I’m swashbuckling through the jungle, looking for a lost civilization or braving the blowing sands of the desert in Egypt, searching for a lost pharaoh’s tomb.  Because of this secret longing, let’s just say it was love at first sight when I entered the Neues Museum in Berlin for the first time.

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Built originally in the mid 19th century as an extension of the Altes Museum, it was decimated during World War II and sat in ruin until the mid 1980’s when a reconstruction began.  Today the interior of the building has the feel of an ancient ruin.  An appropriate home for the antiquities it…

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