Exhibition "The First Humans out of Africa - The Journey of Mankind" was open at the Ateneo University of Manila on 9th of February 2016.
The exhibition showcases the 1.8 million-year-old humans and extinct animals whose fossils were found in Dmanisi, the Republic of Georgia. Stone tools used by these humans are also included in the exhibit. The exhibition aims to introduce unique discoveries from Dmanisi and unfold the human story from the distant past through the lens of the science of material pieces of evidence left by early humans. This exhibit is the first of its kind ever held in the Philippines.
In the framework of the exhibition public lecture entitled - "The First Humans in Eurasia" was delivered by the Scientific Head of the Dmanisi expedition and General Director of the Georgian National Museum Dr. David Lordkipanidze.
The following exhibition will stay in the Philippines for 7 months. Over 200,000 students are expected to see the exhibit as it tours the seven major universities in Metro Manila for seven months. The exhibit will run for four weeks in each university and included in the event are two lectures and one sandbox archaeology activity. The participating universities are Ateneo de Manila University, Jose Rizal University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, University of the Philippines Diliman, De La Salle University and National University.
Among the guests at the opening event of the exhibition and launch of the Traveling Museum project were the Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Georgian Ambassador to the Philippines Zurab Aleksidze, Honorary Consul of Georgia in Manila Joselito Carlson Aseniero, General Director of the Georgian National Museum David Lordkipanidze, Ateneo de Manila President Fr. Jett Villarin SJ and the presidents from the other participating universities.
The launch of the first event of the Traveling Museum PH was made possible in a partnership between Georgian National Museum, Crania Heritage Sciences and Cozoz Inc and with the support of the Georgian Embassy in the Philippines and Consulate of Georgia in Manila.
It should be noted that the exhibition Traveling Museum PH aroused great interest in the local media.