What You'll Get
History is written by the winners, which is why all history textbooks are authored by the 1964–65 Boston Celtics. Slam-dunk the past with today's Groupon: for $10, you get admission for two to the archaeological garden at the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange (a $20 value).
The Explorations in Antiquity Center brings the ancient Biblical world to life for kids and adults with accurate, interactive exhibits. The centerpiece archaeological garden reproduces the structures of a Biblical village with full-scale replicas, transporting patrons back to early centuries without the risk that visitors will meet their ancestors and teach them pop hits. To guarantee authenticity, the reproduction was overseen and inspected by Dr. James Fleming, a former professor of archaeology and Biblical geography who lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and founded the Antiquity Center.
Slap on your old centurion sandals and stride through the city gate, pausing to admire reproductions of a threshing floor, an olive-oil press, and an ancient three-in-one juicer before ascending the winding steps of a stone watchtower. Children can feast their eyes on a genuine goat-hair tent or starve their eyes by peering into dark subterranean catacombs. Exhibits combine entertainment and education, teaching children that aqueducts functioned as both a vital source of water and an equally crucial slip 'n' slide. Call a few days ahead to arrange or join a guided group tour, which are held in groups of 10.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required for guided tours; subject to availability. Valid only for archaeological garden. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Explorations in Antiquity Center
Explorations in Antiquity Center give modern visitors a taste of daily life in the ancient Middle Eastern world. The Center's founder, archeologist James Fleming, has filled each room with authentic artifacts from his excavations in Israel, as well as faithful replicas of objects found in ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Visitors can immerse themselves in realistic settings including a Roman theater, a 2,000-year-old village, and a goat-hair tent like the ones used by nomadic shepherds. They also learn about worship practices of people from 2,500 BCE to 500 CE by visiting houses of worship excavated in Israel or a catacomb modeled on those where early Christians once prayed.