With Howard Carter's 138th birthday in the news, why not take a look at the wonders of ancient Egypt? Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb was a major event of the 20th century. It opened a window to the past of how the ancient Egyptians lived. Thanks to the British Museum, students can actually explore many facets of life then through this site.
Some of the topics addressed are geography, writing, gods and goddesses, mummification, daily life, and much, much more. Each topic covered appears as a hieroglyph. Click on one and you will be transported to a new link with photos and easy to read details on the item you selected. I went to the one on writing and found a picture of the Rosetta Stone along with details on the writing system. I then dug a bit deeper and found a story on the routine of scribes. Students of all ages would be fascinated here since it covers a highly respected "job" at the time. Next, I explored the section on where writing was used. Apparently, if you could write, you were in high demand in the society! Last, but not least, is a challenge on completing a message using the ancient writing system. This type of activity would be a fun approach to see how much your students understood from your lesson and the site.
HOWARD CARTER'S DISCOVERY OF KING TUT'S TOMB
This site is a mixture of real silent film footage and event re-enactments. It provides a very well-rounded view of the event.
KING TUT'S TOMB TOUR
What did the tomb look like? This is a virtual tour. Here you will find pictures of artifacts along with short descriptions of the tomb's contents.
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