Friday, November 16, 2012

Archaeological and Ethnological Exhibit

Historian, writer, teacher, and graduate student Mickey J. Lollar is proud to share a sampling of his archaeological and ethnological collection with the University of North Alabama. Born to parents with an appreciation for history, including a mother who taught Archaeology and Native American Culture, Mr. Lollar began his colletion at an early age. However, it was through his teaching of History and English that the collection began to serve for more than personal enjoyment. Using his collection to supplement a wanting public education system, Mr. Lollar has made the inclusion of interactive education a hallmark of his classroom. With a passion for history, travel, and interaction with diverse cultures, Mr. Lollar continues to piece his collection together from the ends of the Earth. The exhibit on the Main Floor of Collier Library contains items from Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Pre- and Post-Colonial North America. Of note in the exhibition is a 14th century Raqqa vase from Syria, Japanese Encyclopedias from 1695 A.D., tomb offerings from the Ming Dynasty of China, a water-buffalo spear from the Maasai of eastern Africa, artifacts from the span of the Byzantine Empire, and a rare 18th century "skull" amulet from a Tibetan monk. When Mr. Lollar is not fulfilling his duties as a proud U.N.A. student and freelance writer, he participates in antiquity procurement and consultation for clients and offers supplemental lessons and tailored field-trips for students and their parents. It is through comprehensive education that Mr. Lollar believes understanding and acceptance will come to our world and he invites everyone to enjoy the humble collection.