Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern opens at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Can the study of the past help illuminate today’s issues? That is a fundamental question posed by the new exhibit at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which explores the parallels between three ancient cities—Gabii in Italy, Olynthos in Greece, and Notion in Turkey—and Detroit. Archaeologists from the University of Michigan are excavating in all three of these cities, and in this exhibit they compare their findings to projects of urban renewal in Detroit. Can contemporary archaeological methods help us imagine fresh approaches to urban planning and alternative futures for our communities?

Read more about the exhibit, visit the Kelsey Museum website, or read an interview with curator Christopher Ratté.

The exhibit runs until January 6, 2019.