Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Egyptians

Block B - Egyptologists

Learn all about the Ancient Egyptians. Investigate the men and women who studied the kingdoms and explore their discoveries. Look at some of the Pharaohs and the development of the pyramids, as well as the mythology that surrounded this early civilisation. Look at the role the Nile had in allowing this civilisation to flourish and examine daily life, comparing it to our own.

Find out about intrepid Egyptologists Champollion and Howard Carter and their incredible discoveries, achievements and methods. Write a play of the events; make observational drawings of Egyptian artefacts just like a real Egyptologist; devise and record an interview with an Egyptologist and finally debate the removal of artefacts from Egypt.

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01: Champollion

You will learn that the Ancient Egyptians wrote using different scripts from ours and discover how the Rosetta Stone enabled hieroglyphs to be translated. Discover how an Egyptologist called Champollion was able to break the hieroglyph code and write a biography or fact file about Champollion.

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02: Howard Carter

Learn why Howard Carter is described as a ‘good archaeologist’. Describe the finding of Tutankhamun’s tomb and write a diary or radio play script about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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03: Those who helped Carter

Explain that many Egyptologists were involved in the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb; understand that detailed record cards, drawings and photographs were made of the contents of the tomb; make an observational drawing or painting of an Ancient Egyptian artefact.

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04: Other Egyptologists

Explain where some of the most important Ancient Egypt sites can be found; understand that many Egyptologists have worked at the Ancient Egypt sites; devise television interviews of Egyptologists. You will debate the controversy of the removal of Ancient Egyptian artefacts from Egypt.