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The Great Discoveries about Ancient Egypt

The 19th century (1800-1900 AD) and into the 20th century (1900-2000 AD) saw a lot of interest from Britain and other countries, particularly in Europe about learning about Ancient Egypt. Archaeologists flocked to Egypt seeking to learn about this complex and intriguing part of history. 

 

Check out some of the great finds of the 19th and 20th centuries by clicking on the link below.

Activity 1 - Become an Egyptian Archaeologist 

Watch the clip below to learn about what an archaeologist is and what they do.

All About Archaeology | Nat Geo Kids Archaeology Playlist

Your task is to think like an archaeologist. Look at the artefact below. What kind of questions do you have about it?

Try to answer the following questions about this artefact using your knowledge about Ancient Egypt, jot down your answers on a page.

  • What is it?
  • What do you think it was used for?
  • Where do you think it might have been found?
  • Who might it have belonged to?
  • What is it made from?
  • What does it tell us about?

A lot of the artefacts that have been found about Ancient Egypt are linked to death and the wealthy. Why do you think this is?

 

 

Ordinary houses from Ancient Egyptian times do not still exist.  Not only were they made of sun-dried bricks, so the chances of them surviving thousands of years were slim, their location in the Nile Valley was valuable so old homes were pulled down to make space for new ones.

 

Pyramids and tombs still exist because they were built out in the desert where people didn't need the space to build houses and they were built with stone.

 

This also explains why we know a lot more about death and the wealthy rather than the lives of ordinary people. Most of our evidence from that time was found inside the pyramids and tombs with the dead bodies of the kings and the rich elite.

Activity 2 - Howard Carter's Great Discovery

In November 1922 the archaeologist Howard Carter made an incredible discovery the intact tomb of Tutankhamun. Use the PowerPoint, PDF of sources and video below to learn more about this incredible discovery. Complete the final task to write a diary pretending you are Howard Carter making this amazing discovery. 

King Tut and His Treasures for Kid

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