Egypt Resources for High School

Ancient Egypt: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt's Past

By Jill Rubalcaba

Travel back in time to a civilization that lasted over 3,000 years. Knowledge of this splendid culture comes to us through significant archaeological finds, such as royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, which contained not only mummies, but exquisite artifacts as well. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone eventually led to the decoding of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Ancient Egypt still holds many mysteries. Share the excitement of the scientists who are in the field today, working to unlock the secrets of Egypt's past. Series: National Geographic Investigates. Hardcover, 64 pages. $17.95. www.amazon.com

Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs

With exclusive access to sites linking Egypt's ancient aristocracy to the boy-king Tutankhamun and the mighty Ramses II, this film unearths treasures from the Cliffside of Tombs overlooking the Nile Valley to the sprawling ''Valley of the Golden Mummies." National Geographic, DVD, 2000, 60 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Egypt: Quest for Eternity

Explore the great temples of Luxor and Karnak. Cross the Nile to the land of the dead, and enter the elaborately decorated tombs where the kings and queens are buried. Join Egyptologists as they unravel and interpret the riddles of Egypt's intriguing past. National Geographic, DVD, 1987, 60 minutes, $19.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Follow scientists as they recreate the ancient ritual of mummification. Be there as cameras reveal the ancient underground vault that houses the mysterious ship of the Pharaoh Khufu: his magnificent vessel for eternity. National Geographic DVD, 1998, 60 minutes. $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Egypt's Golden Empire

Based on PBS's Egypt's Golden Empire, these lesson plans and accompanying video clips are designed to showcase some of the most intriguing and historically significant people, places, and events from the film and Egyptian history. Students will study a wide variety of subjects, including World History, Geography, Science, Art, and Religion. Lesson plans cover: Hieroglyphs and Communication, Tombs and the Afterlife, The Queens of Ancient Egypt, Egypt's Greatest Leaders, Architectural Marvels, A Day in the Life of an Egyptian, Touring Ancient Egypt, and The Science and Technology of Ancient Egypt. www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/2747/preview/

Engineering Egypt

Explores how two of Egypt's mightiest pharaohs—Khufu and Ramses II—built their way to immortality. From the colossal Great Pyramid of Giza to the stunning, rock-carved temples of Abu Simbel, Engineering Egypt provides an extraordinary new perspective on the history, passion and purpose behind an ancient people's quest to achieve the most daring dream of all: eternal life. National Geographic, DVD, 90 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=107520&categoryId=cat30134\

Engineering the Impossible

These three full-length National Geographic specials reveal the engineering genius and human drama behind the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, and the Great Pyramid. Includes computer-generated recreations, historic details, and fresh new perspectives on these man-made wonders. Witness how these remarkable buildings were constructed without modern tools or technology, how they fostered ground-breaking architectural innovations still in use today, and how each continues to stand as an enduring monument to the strength and daring of the human imagination. National Geographic, two DVD discs, 2007, 150 minutes, $34.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Into the Great Pyramid

Noted Egyptologist Zahi Al-Hawass showcases archaeological work going on in Egypt and reveals new discoveries that may shed light on some of the most enduring mysteries of the pyramids. You'll witness the opening of Egypt's oldest intact sarcophagus and follow a specially-designed robot as it reveals what lies beyond a blocking stone in the Great Pyramid's mysterious southern shaft. You'll learn more about how the Great Pyramids were built, as a worker's city is unearthed and its clues are revealed for the first time. National Geographic, DVD, 2002, 90 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

King Tut's Final Secrets

Why did the boy-king Tutankhamun die so young? Was he murdered? Is there an explanation for the legendary curse said to follow those who found his tomb centuries later? Now, for the first time, an international team of scientists is using state-of-the-art CT-scan technology to unveil the truth of what really happened 3,000 years ago and unravel the mystery of King Tut's curse. It's an unprecedented look into Tut's life and death that will reveal answers about the man behind the golden mask. (Bonus Program: Return of the Mummy.) National Geographic, DVD, 2005, approx 90 minutes, Sale, $14.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings

By Melvin Berger

A fascinating look at the famed Valley of the Kings, where over 50 of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt's New Kingdom were buried, including King Tutankhamun (with all his splendid treasures), Ramses II, Akhenaten, and more. Hardcover, 64 pages. $17.95.

Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty

What became of the legendary Queen Nefertiti and Akhenaten, radical pharaoh and probable father of King Tut? And why was their fabled "Amarna Dynasty" deliberately obliterated by later rulers? Now, an international team of scientists sets out to solve the riddle of Nefertiti's disappearance and the fate of her royal family. Using state-of-the-art CT scanning technology to examine mummies linked to the Amarna mystery, researchers will produce the most detailed 3D images ever obtained—and unravel stunning new answers to the 3,300-year-old puzzle of Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty. National Geographic, DVD, 2007, 50 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

Riddles of the Sphinx

PBS DVD. For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? NOVA's expert team of archaeologists carries out experiments that reveal the techniques and incredible labor that was invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture. 60 minutes, $24.99. www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3955940

Unlocking the Great Pyramid

When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world—how did builders lift limestone blocks weighing an average of two and a half tons 480 feet up onto the top of the Pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. For the first time, a revolutionary theory argues that the answer may be inside the Pyramid. National Geographic follows renowned experts as they find surprising evidence to support this intriguing new idea. National Geographic, DVD, 50 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001