Mummified cat, Bronze Age juglets on display at Henderson museum - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Mummified cat, Bronze Age juglets on display at Henderson museum

Posted: Updated:

HENDERSON (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) — A new museum allows residents to connect scripture with historical artifacts.

Housed at the Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary, the Antiquity Encounter Museum, which officially opened to the public Thursday, contains items from various time periods.

They include: an Egyptian situla, an Egyptian mummy mask, a mummified cat, a Chalcolithic cultic bowl, Early Bronze Age juglets, sling stones, which, according to the display, are "of the common type that David used," Roman instruments, a funerary stone from 100 B.C. and a fishing net weight.

Some of the items are from excavations done by the museum's curator, archeologist Dr. John Melancon. There also are purchased items and replicas.

Institute Business Administrator Dr. Robert Wallace said Melancon had his museum in Colorado but recently relocated to Mount Enterprise.

Melancon wanted to attach his museum to another institute of higher learning, he said, and decided on the Texas Baptist Institute, primarily because the institute is doing a great job of educating young people, Melancon said.

"I wanted this … to help educate young people. We want the schools to enjoy it," he added.

Wallace said the main goal is basically to prove what is found in the Bible.

"It's verifying the validity of scripture and also educating people on things," he said.

Melancon said the items cover different time periods, including the Bronze Age and the time of Alexander the Great, and entails Byzantine artifacts.

"It's world history as well as biblical history," he said.

In the end, he said his desire is for museum-goers to gain knowledge as well as have an experience that they can discuss.

Additionally, he said it helps build faith in the Bible, and serves as a place for items that he brings back from excavations. In about a year, he plans to go to Iraq.

The museum has not set hours but is able to schedule tours. There is no admission cost.

For more information about the museum, call the Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary at 903-657-6543.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:47:58 GMT
    CNNCNN
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
  • Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:25:07 GMT
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
  • ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:43:13 GMT
    photo: (ICE)photo: (ICE)
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.