Egypt

What is it that fascinates us about Ancient Egypt? We have such a range of surviving artefacts, art and documents that provide a unique window into life and death so long ago. Howard Carter finding Tutankhamun’s tomb almost intact and so well preserved is one of the most exciting finds of the 20th century. In this section you will find podcasts, articles and resources to develop your knowledge of this ancient civilisation.

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  • Ankhu and Nebu of Deir el Medina

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    Perhaps the hardest skill to develop in history is a sense of period. What was it really like to live in Ancient Egypt? Who should we study? Or, in this case, which workers were typical? Were these craftsmen in Deir el Medina typical of all the workers in Egypt? Or...

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  • ‘Miss, did the Romans build pyramids?’

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    See also: Comparing Ancient Civilisations - scheme of work Romans, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings lessons Teaching Ancient Egypt The Maya - scheme of work Miss, did the Romans build pyramids? No Johnny, I think you are confusing the Romans with the Egyptians. Actually, Miss, the Romans did build pyramids – well,...

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  • Scheme of Work: Comparing Ancient Civilisations

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    What do all the Ancient Civilisations have in common? This enquiry provides an overview of the Ancient Civilisations of Egypt, Sumer, Indus Valley and Shang, showing where and when they developed, the similarities between them and how they relate to a broadly based chronological understanding of the past. It provides a...

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  • Using apps in the history curriculum

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    There are a lot of apps out there on multiple platforms and searching for ‘History’ does not really narrow anything down. Knowing which ones are useful, usable and worth paying for is often a case of trial and error. However, this list will save you trawling through the myriad of...

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  • Texts for the Classroom: Ma’at’s Feather

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    Alf Wilkinson discusses a book first published in 2008, and set in Ancient Egypt. Ma’at’s Feather is the story of Qen, a young boy growing up in ancient Egypt. He is part of a farming family, and we discover how their livelihood is totally dependent on the River Nile... 

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  • Using the back cover image: Mummified cat

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    For hundreds of years, travellers to Egypt have marvelled at the amazing monuments evident throughout the country. The treasures of Ancient Egypt became more fascinating after  the discovery of the Rosetta stone in 1799, which led to the deciphering of the hieroglyphic language. Many Victorian explorers returned to their European...

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  • What made Cleopatra so special?

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    Ancient Egyptian civilisation is rich and mysterious with distinctive visual imagery and strange animal-headed gods. The exotic differences of the society have always intrigued the western imagination and so they continue to ensure that this is a popular unit with both teachers and children. There are plentiful resources with new...

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  • Teaching history and geography together in a meaningful way

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    This article explores some of the  ways history and geography can be taught side by side, so that the sum of the parts adds up to more than the original. How can we teach history with geography and vice  versa, to the benefit of both, while fulfilling the aims of...

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  • So was everyone an ancient Egyptian?

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    I will be honest – no child has actually asked me if the world was ever full of Ancient Egyptians! Having said that, by focusing on one part of the world, children are left with either this impression or the idea that nothing was happening elsewhere in the world. Clearly,...

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  • Scheme of Work: How did the civilization of Egypt wax and wane?

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    This teaching toolkit takes a fresh new look at this much-taught topic and provides the basis for a rigorous enquiry led approach for children in key stage 2. Packed full of ideas and links to resources, this toolkit provides a step by step guide to teaching the Egyptians from why...

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  • Teaching Ancient Egypt

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    Editorial note: This paper has two sections: first, a background briefing about Ancient Egypt with a timeline and map that introduces the second section's three teaching activities on: building the Great Pyramid of Giza; Hatshepsut, Egypt's great woman pharaoh; and Akhenaten and his attempt to revolutionise Egyptian religion. ‘Hail to thee, O...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt: Scheme of Work

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    This unit on Ancient Egypt offers pupils the chance to look at another civilisation very different from their own. Students can be introduced to the key features of Ancient Egyptian civilisation through the beliefs and attitudes of these ancient people.  Students should examine the similarities and differences between their ancient...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 12-20

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    Lesson Plan 12: What did the Egyptians believe about death and what happens to you when you die? Lesson Plans 13 & 14: Embalming, ka, ba, akh, mummification, canopic jar, pyramid, tomb.   Pupils look at the process of mummification and then make their own mummies and canopic jars. Lesson Plans...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 5-11

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    Lesson Plans 5 & 6: Luxor, Akhenaten, Guisa, Valley of the Kings. Pupils to use archaeological electronic reconstructions to make virtual tours, learning about structure and use of different parts. Then design/build their own. Lesson Plans 7-9: Festival, Opet, celebration. Pupils compare Ancient Egyptian festivals to modern such as Easter, Diwali...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 1-4

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    Lesson Plans 1 & 2: Introduction to what Egyptians believed.  How do we know? Polytheistic, gods, goddesses, creation. Wall paintings, gods and preparation for the afterlife. Comparison of Christian creation story to that of Ancient Egypt. Lesson Plan 3: Myth, Ra, Osiris, Isis, Horus. Beliefs and attitudes of the past. Religious...

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  • A creative Egyptian project

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    IntroductionIdeally when teaching history, teachers will look to deliver projects that will engage and motivate, hopefully making the hard work of being creative stimulating and rewarding, based upon questioning, enquiry, investigation of sources and reaching conclusions grounded in the evidence.Ancient Egypt is one of those history topics which, because it...

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  • Egyptians, Embalming and Experiences: ITT placement

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    Egyptians, Embalming and Experiences: ITT placement at Leeds City Museum I am a third year student currently studying on a 4 year degree course at Leeds Trinity University College training to be a primary school teacher. Last year, as part of our History module, we visited the Leeds City Museum...

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  • Making use of outstanding resources in museums

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    "They do love the mummies...." Making use of outstanding resources in the Ashmolean MuseumIntroduction‘An embarrassment of riches' is not an inappropriate description of the new ancient Egyptian galleries in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The Ashmolean has always been famous for its Egyptian collection, being the product of the work...

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  • The Myth of Ancient Egypt

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    The Myth of Ancient Egypt, Charlotte Booth (Amberley Publishing, Stroud, 2011) 223pp., paperback, £18.99, $30.00, ISBN 978 1 4456 0274 5This book might equally have been entitled The Myths of Ancient Egypt.  Charlotte Booth, a graduate of University College, London, who is a free-lance Egyptologist, has here investigated eight common...

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  • Women in Ancient Egypt

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    Women in Ancient Egypt, Barbara Watterson (Amberley Publishing, Stroud, 2011) 157pp., paperback, £18.99, ISBN 978 1 4456 0494 7 The 35 beautiful colour illustrations in this book indicate the exceptionally wide-ranging of the author's research.  They are not only from Luxor and elsewhere in Egypt but from Italy, Australia, Russia,...

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