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ARCHAEOLOGY (General)

For Students

Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, Science 2)
By Kate Duke, author/illustrator. Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock, charred seed, or fossilized bone could be a clue to how people lived in the past. In this information-packed Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, Kate Duke explains what scientists are looking for, how they find it, and what their finds reveal.  Collins, 1996. Paperback, 32 pages, $5.99. ISBN: 978-0064451758. Grades 1-4. 

 

Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities
By Richard Panchyk. Chapter 4 focuses on Sumeria, Babylon and Egypt and Chapter 5 covers Greece and Rome. Helpful resources: how to identify civilizations from their remains, the invention of writing, a  seriation game (how to put things in date order), early commerce, basic pottery classification, how to build a screen for sifting artifacts, a stratigraphy game, how to make a simple oil lamp, how to find the circumference of an artifact, and how to preserve artifacts. Includes glossary, web sites for further exploration, and bibliography. Chicago Review Press, 2001. Illus. ed.  paperback, 150 pages, $14.95. ISBN: 978-1556523953. Grades 5-9. 

 

Crossroads in Time
By Sally Dillon and Glen Milam. Includes puzzles, cut-outs, mazes, word-finds, and other activities.  Paperback, 32 pages. $6.99, sale $0.99. ISBN: 978-0-943872-73-5. Grades 1-4. http://www.andrews.edu/universitypress/catalog.cgi

 

DIG Magazine
Dig magazine subscriptions: 1 year (9 issues, 33.95. Back issues, 6.95. Dig magazine's website is filled with archaeological information and activities for kids. http://www.digonsite.com/

 

Dig This! How Archaeologists Uncover Our Past 
Dig This! by Michael Avi-Yonah (part of The Buried Worlds series) shows readers how archaeologists do their work. Topics covered include: history of the discipline, examination of excavating methods, and a look at several ancient civilizations. It includes black-and-white and crisp color photographs. Other titles in the series include Fired Up! (pottery making) and Piece by Piece (making mosaics). Runestone Press, 1993. Hardcover, 64 pages. ISBN: 978-0822532002. Grades 5-8.

 

Exploring Ancient Cities of the Bible
Michael W. Carroll, author, and Caroline Carroll, illustrator. This book is out of print, but if you can find a copy, you'll discover it to be a valuable resource.  Faith Kidz (Cook), 2001. Hardcover, 48 pages.  ISBN: 978-0781436953. Grades 4-7.


Eyewitness: Archaeology
By Dr. Jane McIntosh. Get a quick overview of the world's great civilizations with these superb, full-color photographs of bronzes, buildings, paintings, and pottery. Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1994, hardcover, 64 pages. ISBN 0-7894-5864-0. Grades 4-7.

 

Measurement Game
Guide Magazine, July 20, 2002, p. 8. (Webmaster: Uses codes. See if we can get permission to put this on the site.) Grades 5-8.

 

Underground Secrets Series
By Michael Hasel. Dr. Hasel, our museum director, wrote this series of illustrated articles on archaeology for Guide Magazine. Grades 5-8

 

"A Promise Stamped in Mud" (Seals)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine), Feb 23, 2003, pgs 16-19 (4 questions plus special signet activity). Grades 5-8.

 

Usborne Young Scientist: Archaeology
By Barbara Cork and Struan Reid. Learn the basics of archaeology—from how clues are destroyed to how old an artifact is—with this fun, simple, and complete book. EDC Publishing, Tulsa, 1986, paperback, 32 pages, illustrated. ISBN 0-86020-865-6. Grades 4-7. 

 

 

For Teachers 

Archaeology and the Bible (18 Week Unit)
This excellent home school unit is designed to be completed in eighteen weeks. It includes lesson plans as well as print and online resources and is a useful resource for classroom teachers and well as home school parents. http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/archaeolBible.html

 

Archaeology Month Activities
A collection of hands-on activities provided by Independence National Historic Park (National Park Service), Pennsylvania.
http://www.independenceparkinstitute.com/Archaeology_Activities.pdf

 

Archaeology Power Point
Produced by the Atlantic Union of Seventh-day Adventists, this power point and lesson plan can be adapted for any grade level from 1-8. http://circle.adventist.org/ (search for Archaeology Lesson Plan)

 

Crossword Puzzles and Word Searches
At the Discovery School, you can generate your own crossword puzzles and word searches.
http://www.school.discoveryeducation.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html


     
Dig Magazine Archaeology Resources
A helpful list of archaeology resources. http://www.digonsite.com/links.html

 

Dig Magazine Parent and Teacher Resources
Includes links to and over 100 multiple choice quizzes. http://www.digonsite.com/grownups/index.html

 

Dig Magazine Teacher Lesson Plans
The lesson plans produced by Dig are designed to go with specific issues of the magazine.
http://www.cobblestonepub.com/resources_dig_tgs.html

 

Doing Archaeology in the Classroom
Includes lots of practical activity ideas, including using a sandbox.
http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/museum/classroom/sandbox.html

 

Evolution of Alphabets
http://www.terpconnect.umd.edu/~rfradkin/alphapage.html

 

Mystery of History, Vol. 1, second ed.
From Ancient Civilizations to the time of Christ, this work contains projects, quizzes, lessons and answer keys for grades 4-8. Where most ancient studies encompass only Egypt, Greece, and Rome, The Mystery of History goes much farther.  In Volume I, chronological based stories from all around the world are included.  Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories will spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria.  The study of early civilizations will include King Wu of China and Asoka of India as well as King David, Julius Caesar, and Xerxes of Persia.  Even North America is visited in this look at ancient peoples.  In The Mystery of History, major stories are retold from the Bible in the order that they happened alongside significant world history events and figures.  A required resource is the Historical Atlas of the World from Rand McNally. Consumable paperback, 496 pages,$39.95.  ISBN: 9781892427298. Grades 4-8. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Mystery of History Reproducible CD
Select and print items from The Mystery of History. Vol. 1 (First and Second Edition are on the same CD) that otherwise you would be photocopying from the book for multiple students. Includes all Pretests, Exercises, Quizzes, worksheets, tests, and outline maps. Windows and Mac compatible. $17.27. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

School Express
Create your own word search here.  http://www.schoolexpress.com/wordsearch/wordsearch01.php

 

 

EGYPT

For Students 

Ancient Egypt Activity Book
This book has arts, crafts, cooking, and historical aids for elementary grades. You can even make a King Tut mask! EDU Press, paperback, 48 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1564720252, $7.87.  http://www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-egypt-activity-book.htm

 

Egyptian Life
The British Museum website features student oriented information on life in ancient Egypt.
www.ancientegypt.co.uk/

 

Egyptian Pyramid Dig Kit
The pyramid contains one of six different 2" to 6" items which may include a Pharaoh Bust, Kneeling Pharaoh or Egyptian Cat. Each pyramid contains one (1) item, items are assorted so children will not know what's inside until they dig it out. Pyramid measures 6" tall. For children 5 years and up. $9.86.

 

 

Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun Kit
Dozens of Egyptian activities: 45 stickers, tattoos, and stencils. King Tut paper doll collection, 2 complete coloring books (Life in Ancient Egypt and King Tut), 4 stained glass coloring sheets, Egyptian poster, 3 full-color Egyptian Masks. $12.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/exploring-ancient-egypt-fun-kit.htm

 

Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book
Magnificent pyramids, the silent Sphinx, gigantic temples of stone, a land and people shrouded by the mists of time. 44 detailed drawings help to recall this magnificent civilization. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/exploring-ancient-egypt-fun-kit.htm

 

Mummy Preparation (Interactive Activity)
Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago website.  Mummy Preparation and other interactive activities at the Kid's Corner. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/kids.html

 

"Mystery of Moshe" (Moses, Egypt, 18th Dynasty)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, July 27, 2002, pgs 10-13 (4 questions at end).

 

Mystic Egyptian Tomb (game)
Excavate the Egyptian treasure, then use the treasure to play the game! Includes plaster block, digging tool, brush, dice, checkers and game board. Ages: 3 + $9.95. 

 

Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, The
By Elizabeth Payne. Ruled by awesome god-kings called Pharaohs, ancient Egypt was a land of bustling cities, golden palaces, and huge stone monuments. Beginning with the Rosetta Stone, the author examines archeological studies that have helped unlock the incredible secrets of Egypt's first kings. Random House, paperback, 192 pages, $5.99. Grades 4-7. ISBN: 978-0394846996.

 

 

Pyramid
David Macaulay shows detail by detail how the great pharaohs' burial places were conceived and constructed. Concise text and richly detailed black and white illustrations illustrate the philosophy of life and death in ancient Egypt. Graphia, Paperback, 80 pages  $8.85. ISBN: 978-0395321218. Grades 4-7. 

 

 

 

For Teachers 

Ancient Civilizations
This reproducible book contains a wealth of information relating to communication, inventions, political structures, geography and more. Cultures and civilizations covered include Egypt, Vikings, Native Americans, Aztecs, Romans, Maoris, Aboriginal Australians, Greeks, Chinese, Incas. Grades 4-7. $11.99. www.schoolbox.com.

 

Ancient Egypt Activity Book
This book has crafts, cooking, and historical aids for elementary grades. You can even make a King Tut mask! $7.87    http://www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-egypt-activity-book.htm

 

Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit
The Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit (home school) is based on Pyramid by David Macaulay and The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, social studies, science, life skills, and technology. Includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-egypt-thematic-unit-study.htm

 

Building the Temples of Ancient Egypt
Includes background information and ideas on individual or class project. www.sfu.ca/archaeology/museum/egyptian_construction/index.html

 

Egypt, Gods, and Pharaohs (Fandex)
Here is a richly visual, handheld guide to King Tut, Egyptology, the great gods, and the mysteries of the pyramids. These 50 individually die-cut cards dazzle with hieroglyphs and grave robbers, the Sphinx, Ramses, Howard Carter, Karnak, Thoth, and Thebes. $8.53.  www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Egypt Lesson Plans
Download sample lesson plans on various archaeological topics or order one of three complete notebooks packed with teacher-written lesson plans and activities (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia). Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Teacher Resource Center. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/TRC/trc_home.html

 

Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt
Provides 10 lesson plans that will cover approximately 15 weeks of study. Find out how Biblical history and ancient Egyptian history fit together. Uses books from the library for your main texts. Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested supplemental texts to help along the way. This book includes a brief timeline of Ancient Egypt. Activities such as cryptograms and making a model of Tut's Senet Game. $9.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Mummy Activities
This website is packed with ideas for teaching about mummies. www.mummytombs.com


 
Mummy Wrap Activity
Part of the section on Children and Archaeology at the website for SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeology Park.  www.sunwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=44&limitstart=5

 

 

GREECE AND ROME

For Students

Ancient Rome Activity Book
Arts, crafts, cooking, and more. Historical aids, material lists and directions. 48 pages. $7.99. www.schoolbox.com

 

Famous Men of Greece
If the Romans were history’s great men of action, the Greeks were history’s great men of thought. Dive into the lives and minds of thirty famous Greeks through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander the Great and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as “The Greek Miracle.” Paperback, $16.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Famous Men of Rome
Includes thirty stories, covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Children will see the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study. A Glossary of People and Places, and maps of Rome, Italy, and the Roman Empire are included. Paperback. $16.95. www.rocksolidinc.com.

 

Life in Ancient Greece Coloring Book
Over 40 illustrations depict the building of Parthenon, wedding procession, the trial of Socrates, and much more. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/life-in-ancient-greece---coloring-book.htm

 

Life in Ancient Rome Coloring Book
All the magnificence of ancient Rome, brought to life in 41 finely detailed illustrations depicting the defeat of Germanic invaders (c. 108 BC), the crushing of a slave revolt (71 BC.), the assassination of Julius Caesar (44 BC) and more. Captions describe Roman cultural life, major landmarks, leaders and daily activities. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/life-in-ancient-rome---coloring-book.htm

 

Roman Town
This archaeology computer game for kids gives them all the fun of a real archaeological excavation without getting their hands dirty! It encompasses the full excavation experience from start to finish and includes authentic artifacts and realistic backgrounds, plus accurate information about Roman daily life .It can be replayed for hours of archaeological entertainment. Teachers manual and classroom licenses available. http://dig-itgames.com/index.php/archaeology-computer-game-roman-town/

 

 

For Teachers

Ancient Greece Thematic Unit
The Ancient Greece Thematic Unit is based on Ancient Greece by Anne Pearson and Greek Myths.  The D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is highly recommended as well. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, science, history, art and life skills. Also includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-greecethematic-unit--study.htm

 

Ancient Rome Thematic Unit
The Ancient Rome Thematic Unit is based on Ancient Rome by Simon James. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, science, history, geography, art and life skills. Also includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-romethematic-unit-study.htm

 

Draw and Write Through History: Greece and Rome
This second book in the series combines History, Bible, Handwriting and Art from 600 B.C. To A.D. 395. Your student will learn about the Hanging Gardens, Greece, the Great Wall of China/Hannibal, and Rome. It is aimed at ages 8+, but adaptable for younger students. Each drawing is broken down into steps, and each step is done in color. Handwriting practice begins at the cursive level.
By Carylee Gressman and Peggy Dick. $9.94. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Greenleaf Ancient Greece Timechart
This colorful time chart measures 11" x 34" and is printed on both sides with information covering the specified time periods. Sections include cultural periods, Greece, Famous Men of Greece (refers to chapters in this book), Other Nations, Bible, and Misc. On the back there are graphical timelines of Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History.  $4.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Greenleaf Ancient Rome Timechart
This colorful time chart measures 11" x 34" and is printed on both sides with information covering the specified time periods. Sections include Roman Age, Rome, Famous Men of Rome (refers to chapters in this book), Other Nations, Bible, and Misc. On the back there are graphical timelines of Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History. $4.95. www.rocksolidinc.com


Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Greece
For each chapter in the Famous Men of Greece, Cynder Shearer has provided a study guide to assist you in formulating an interactive history/story time, or give your older students a guide for accountability in this history course. Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested books to help along the way. In the back of this book you'll find a chronological overview of Greek history. Paperback, $9.95.

 

Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Rome
For each chapter in the Famous Men of Rome, Cynder Shearer has provided a study guide to assist you in formulating an interactive history/story time, or give your older students a guide for accountability in this history course.  Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested supplemental texts to help along the way. In this book you'll find a section on the geography of Rome, a chronological overview of Roman history and more. Paperback, $9.95.

 

Pompeii
Resources for teachers and students. www.fieldmuseum.org/pompeii/oplontis.asp

 

Majority Rules: Ancient Greek Art and Culture
These downloadable lesson plans from the Carlos Museum at Emory University (Georgia) include instructions on making a paper vessel book or a Greek inspired architecture book.
www.carlos.emory.edu/PDF/Book_Lesson.pdf

 

 

ISRAEL AND JORDAN

For Students

Jordan Past and Present: Petra, Jerash, Amman
By E. Borgia. Many ancient monuments and buildings have been worn away by wind and rain over time. Explore the archaeological remains of Petra, Jerash, and Amman. Then turn the page to see what they may have looked like thousands of years ago. Vision S.r.l., Roma, 2001. ISBN 88-8162-124-x.

 

A Kid's View of Archaeology in Jordan
By Ruth Christopherson She joined her father at the Madaba Plans Project in Jordan and wrote this ebook report. Grades 3-6. http://archaeology.about.com/gi/o.html

 

 

For Teachers 

Daily Life in Bible Times: What Archaeology Tells Us
By Pamela Gaber. In this book, two archaeologists, one also a teacher and one an illustrator, show you how we use archaeology to get a glimpse of these ancient lives and add depth and color to our understanding of how the people spent their daily life in Bible times. Paperback, 32 pages. $12.95.

 

 

MESOPOTAMIA

For Students 


"Adventure at Petra," by Roxy Maxwell. Guide magazine story archives. www.guidemagazine.org/storyvault/story.asp?vault=8&chap=19


"Gotta Be Goin" (Abraham & Ur)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, May 25, 2002, pgs 14-17 (4 questions at end).

"Underground Secrets" (Babylon, archaeology, Nebuchadnezzar)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Mar 22, 2003, pgs 14-17.

 "Terrorists in the Land" (Sennacharib, king of Assyria)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Apr 26, 2003, pgs 8-11.

 "Walking in Esther’s Palace" (Esther, Iraq)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, May 24, 2003, pgs 8-11.

 

For Teachers 

Mesopotamia Lesson Plans
Download sample lesson plans on various archaeological topics or order one of three complete notebooks packed with teacher-written lesson plans and activities (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia). Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Teacher Resource Center. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/TRC/trc_home.html

 

ARCHAEOLOGY (General)

For Students

Archaeology Books for Kids
Explore this section of Amazon.com for a wide variety of books.

 

Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities
By Richard Panchyk. Chapter 4 focuses on Sumeria, Babylon and Egypt and Chapter 5 covers Greece and Rome. Helpful resources: how to identify civilizations from their remains, the invention of writing, a  seriation game (how to put things in date order), early commerce, basic pottery classification, how to build a screen for sifting artifacts, a stratigraphy game, how to make a simple oil lamp, how to find the circumference of an artifact, and how to preserve artifacts. Includes glossary, web sites for further exploration, and bibliography. Chicago Review Press, 2001. Illus. ed.  paperback, 150 pages, $14.95. ISBN: 978-1556523953. Grades 5-9. 

 

DIG Magazine
Dig magazine subscriptions: 1 year (9 issues, 33.95. Back issues, 6.95. Dig magazine's website is filled with archaeological information and activities for kids. http://digonsite.com/

 

Dig This! How Archaeologists Uncover Our Past 
Dig This! by Michael Avi-Yonah (part of The Buried Worlds series) shows readers how archaeologists do their work. Topics covered include: history of the discipline, examination of excavating methods, and a look at several ancient civilizations. It includes black-and-white and crisp color photographs. Other titles in the series include Fired Up! (pottery making) and Piece by Piece (making mosaics). Runestone Press, 1993. Hardcover, 64 pages. ISBN: 978-0822532002. Grades 5-8. 

 

Exploring Ancient Cities of the Bible
Michael W. Carroll, author, and Caroline Carroll, illustrator. This book is out of print, but if you can find a copy, you'll discover it to be a valuable resource.  Faith Kidz (Cook), 2001. Hardcover, 48 pages.  ISBN: 978-0781436953. Grades 4-7.  


Eyewitness: Archaeology
By Dr. Jane McIntosh. Get a quick overview of the world's great civilizations with these superb, full-color photographs of bronzes, buildings, paintings, and pottery. Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1994, hardcover, 64 pages. ISBN 0-7894-5864-0. Grades 4-7.

 

Measurement Game
Guide Magazine, July 20, 2002, p. 8. (Webmaster: Uses codes. See if we can get permission to put this on the site.) Grades 5-8

 

Underground Secrets Series
Dr. Michael Hasel, our museum director, wrote this series of illustrated articles on archaeology for Guide Magazine. Grades 5-8.  

 

"A Promise Stamped in Mud" (Seals)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine), Feb 23, 2003, pgs 16-19 (4 questions plus special signet activity).

 

Usborne Young Scientist: Archaeology
By Barbara Cork and Struan Reid. Learn the basics of archaeology—from how clues are destroyed to how old an artifact is—with this fun, simple, and complete book. Illustrated.  EDC Publishing, Tulsa, 1986, paperback, 32 pages. ISBN 0-86020-865-6. Grades 4-7. 

 

 

For Teachers 

Archaeology and the Bible (18 Week Unit)
This excellent home school unit is designed to be completed in eighteen weeks. It includes lesson plans as well as print and online resources and is a useful resource for classroom teachers and well as home school parents. www.oklahomahomeschool.com/archaeolBible.html

 

Archaeology Month Activities
A collection of hands-on activities provided by Independence National Historic Park (National Park Service), Pennsylvania.
www.independenceparkinstitute.com/Archaeology_Activities.pdf

 

Archaeology Power Point
Produced by the Atlantic Union of Seventh-day Adventists, this power point and lesson plan can be adapted for any grade level from 1-8. www.circle.adventist.org/ (search for Archaeology Lesson Plan)

 

Crossword Puzzles and Word Searches
At the Discovery School, you can generate your own crossword puzzles and word searches.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html


     
Dig Magazine Archaeology Resources
A helpful list of archaeology resources. www.digonsite.com/links.html

 

Dig Magazine Parent and Teacher Resources
Includes links to and over 100 multiple choice quizzes. http://digonsite.com/grownups/index.html

 

Dig Magazine Teacher Lesson Plans
The lesson plans produced by Dig are designed to go with specific issues of the magazine.
www.cobblestonepub.com/resources_dig_tgs.html

 

Doing Archaeology in the Classroom
Includes lots of practical activity ideas, including using a sandbox.
www.sfu.ca/archaeology/museum/classroom/sandbox.html

 

Evolution of Alphabets
http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~rfradkin/alphapage.html

 

Hands-On Archaeology: Real Life Activities for Kids
By John R. White. This book includes everything teachers will need to help students conduct real-life archaeological digs. Packed with activities, this book first offers small-scale activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials. Then the author takes kids out of the school to an empty lot in the community. Students will not just learn about archaeology—they will be archaeologists!  (The copyright page indicates that activities may be copied for classroom use.)  Prufrock Press, Waco, TX, 2005. Paperback, 194 pages, $19.95. ISBN: 978-1593631628. Grades 7-12.

 

Mystery of History, Vol. 1, second ed.
From Ancient Civilizations to the time of Christ, this work contains projects, quizzes, lessons and answer keys for grades 4 - 8. Where most ancient studies encompass only Egypt, Greece, and Rome, The Mystery of History goes much farther.  In Volume I, chronological based stories from all around the world are included.  Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories will spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria.  The study of early civilizations will include King Wu of China and Asoka of India as well as King David, Julius Caesar, and Xerxes of Persia.  Even North America is visited in this look at ancient peoples.  In The Mystery of History, major stories are retold from the Bible in the order that they happened alongside significant world history events and figures.  A required resource is the Historical Atlas of the World from Rand McNally. Consumable paperback and Consumable, 496 pages,$39.95.  ISBN: 9781892427298. Grades 4-8. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Mystery of History Reproducible CD
Select and print items from The Mystery of History. Vol. 1 (First and Second Edition are on the same CD) that otherwise you would be photocopying from the book for multiple students. Includes all Pretests, Exercises, Quizzes, worksheets, tests, and outline maps. Windows and Mac compatible. $17.27. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

PBS TeacherSource
Features 3,500 lesson plans and activities. www.pbs.org/teachers

 

School Express
Create your own word search here. www.schoolexpress.com/wordsearch/wordsearch01.php

 

Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World:
A Visual Chronology from the Origins of Life to AD 1500
By Chris Scarre. With this reference book of over 50 large-scale visual timelines, you can see exactly what was happening at the same time in every part of the world. Dorling Kindersley, London, 1993. ISBN 1-56458-305-8.

 

 

EGYPT

For Students 

Egyptian Life
The British Museum website features student oriented information on life in ancient Egypt.
www.ancientegypt.co.uk/

 

Egyptian Pyramid Dig Kit
The pyramid contains one of six different 2" to 6" items which may include a Pharaoh Bust, Kneeling Pharaoh or Egyptian Cat. Each pyramid contains one (1) item, items are assorted so children will not know what's inside until they dig it out. Pyramid measures 6" tall. For children 5 years and up. $9.86.

 

 

Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun Kit
Dozens of Egyptian activities: 45 stickers, tattoos, and stencils. King Tut paper doll collection, 2 complete coloring books (Life in Ancient Egypt and King Tut), 4 stained glass coloring sheets, Egyptian poster, 3 full-color Egyptian Masks. $12.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/exploring-ancient-egypt-fun-kit.htm

 

Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book
Magnificent pyramids, the silent Sphinx, gigantic temples of stone, a land and people shrouded by the mists of time. 44 detailed drawings help to recall this magnificent civilization. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/exploring-ancient-egypt-fun-kit.htm

 

Mummy Preparation (Interactive Activity)
Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago website.  Mummy Preparation and other interactive activities at the Kid's Corner. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/kids.html

 

"Mystery of Moshe" (Moses, Egypt, 18th Dynasty)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, July 27, 2002, pgs 10-13 (4 questions at end).

 

Mystic Egyptian Tomb (game)
Excavate the Egyptian treasure, then use the treasure to play the game! Includes plaster block, digging tool, brush, dice, checkers and game board. Ages: 3 + $9.95. Amazon.com

 

Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt, The
By Elizabeth Payne. Ruled by awesome god-kings called Pharaohs, ancient Egypt was a land of bustling cities, golden palaces, and huge stone monuments. Beginning with the Rosetta Stone, the author examines archeological studies that have helped unlock the incredible secrets of Egypt's first kings. Random House, paperback, 192 pages, $5.99. Grades 4-7. ISBN: 978-0394846996.

 

 

Pyramid
David Macaulay shows detail by detail how the great pharaohs' burial places were conceived and constructed. Concise text and richly detailed black and white illustrations illustrate the philosophy of life and death in ancient Egypt.Graphia, Paperback, 80 pages  $8.85. ISBN: 978-0395321218. Grades 4-7. 

 

Tales of Ancient Egypt
By Roger Lancelen Green. A collection of the myths, the folk tales, and the legends of ancient Egypt. Puffin, paperback, 256 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0140367164. Grades 4-7.  

 

 

For Teachers 

Ancient Civilizations
This reproducible book contains a wealth of information relating to communication, inventions, political structures, geography and more. Cultures and civilizations covered include Egypt, Vikings, Native Americans, Aztecs, Romans, Maoris, Aboriginal Australians, Greeks, Chinese, Incas. Grades 4-7. $11.99. www.schoolbox.com.

 

Ancient Egypt Activity Book
This book has crafts, cooking, and historical aids for elementary grades. You can even make a King Tut mask! $7.87    www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-egypt-activity-book.htm


Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit
The Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit (home school) is based on Pyramid by David Macaulay and The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, social studies, science, life skills, and technology. Includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-egypt-thematic-unit-study.htm

 

Building the Temples of Ancient Egypt
Includes background information and ideas on individual or class project. www.sfu.ca/archaeology/museum/egyptian_construction/index.html

 

Egypt, Gods, and Pharaohs (Fandex)
Here is a richly visual, handheld guide to King Tut, Egyptology, the great gods, and the mysteries of the pyramids. These 50 individually die-cut cards dazzle with hieroglyphs and grave robbers, the Sphinx, Ramses, Howard Carter, Karnak, Thoth, and Thebes. $8.53.  www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Egypt Lesson Plans
Download sample lesson plans on various archaeological topics or order one of three complete notebooks packed with teacher-written lesson plans and activities (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia). Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Teacher Resource Center. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/TRC/trc_home.html

 

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/



Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt
Provides 10 lesson plans that will cover approximately 15 weeks of study. Find out how Biblical history and ancient Egyptian history fit together. Uses books from the library for your main texts. Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested supplemental texts to help along the way. This book includes a brief timeline of Ancient Egypt. Activities such as cryptograms and making a model of Tut's Senet Game. $9.95. www.rockrolidinc.com

 

Making a Mummy the Natural Way
Lesson plan and links to other Egypt-related activites. www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g68/naturalway.html

 

Mummy Activities
This website is packed with ideas for teaching about mummies. www.mummytombs.com
 


Mummy Wrap Activity
Part of the section on Children and Archaeology at the website for SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeology Park.  www.sunwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=44&limitstart=5

 

Mysteries of the Nile
Nova online resource, including classroom resources. www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/egypt/

 

Pyramids
Nova online resource, including classroom resources: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/explore/

 

Secrets of the Pharaohs
The website includes a timeline, historical maps, a student interactive, and a list of resources.
www.pbs.org/wnet/pharaohs/

 

 

GREECE AND ROME

For Students 

Ancient Rome Activity Book
Arts, crafts, cooking, and more. Historical aids, material lists and directions. 48 pages. $7.99. www.schoolbox.com

 

Famous Men of Greece
If the Romans were history’s great men of action, the Greeks were history’s great men of thought. Dive into the lives and minds of thirty famous Greeks through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander the Great and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as “The Greek Miracle.” Paperback, $16.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Famous Men of Rome
Includes thirty stories, covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Children will see the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study. A Glossary of People and Places, and maps of Rome, Italy, and the Roman Empire are included. Paperback. $16.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
These lessons plans and activities are designed to accompany the PBS documentary of the same name.
www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/htmlver/

 

 

Life in Ancient Greece Coloring Book
Over 40 illustrations depict the building of Parthenon, wedding procession, the trial of Socrates, and much more. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/life-in-ancient-greece---coloring-book.htm

 

Life in Ancient Rome Coloring Book
All the magnificence of ancient Rome, brought to life in 41 finely detailed illustrations depicting the defeat of Germanic invaders (c. 108 BC), the crushing of a slave revolt (71 BC.), the assassination of Julius Caesar (44 BC) and more. Captions describe Roman cultural life, major landmarks, leaders and daily activities. $3.25. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/life-in-ancient-rome---coloring-book.htm

 

Roman Town
This archaeology computer game for kids gives them all the fun of a real archaeological excavation without getting their hands dirty! It encompasses the full excavation experience from start to finish and includes authentic artifacts and realistic backgrounds, plus accurate information about Roman daily life .It can be replayed for hours of archaeological entertainment. Teachers manual and classroom licenses available. http://dig-itgames.com/index.php/archaeology-computer-game-roman-town/

 

 

For Teachers

Ancient Greece Thematic Unit
The Ancient Greece Thematic Unit is based on Ancient Greece by Anne Pearson and Greek Myths.  The D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is highly recommended as well. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, science, history, art and life skills. Also includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-greecethematic-unit--study.htm

 

Ancient Rome Thematic Unit
The Ancient Rome Thematic Unit is based on Ancient Rome by Simon James. This 80-page reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, science, history, geography, art and life skills. Also includes answers to worksheets and bibliography. $9.97.  Grades 5-8. www.rocksolidinc.com/catalog/ancient-romethematic-unit-study.htm

 

Draw and Write Through History: Greece and Rome
This second book in the series combines History, Bible, Handwriting and Art from 600 B.C. To A.D. 395. Your student will learn about the Hanging Gardens, Greece, the Great Wall of China/Hannibal, and Rome. It is aimed at ages 8+, but adaptable for younger students. Each drawing is broken down into steps, and each step is done in color. Handwriting practice begins at the cursive level.
By Carylee Gressman and Peggy Dick. $9.94. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Empires: The Roman Empire in the First Century
Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. Through the experiences, memories and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time -- the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century A.D. PBS DVD, $19.99  www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1822748&cp=1398552

 

Empires: The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation re-create Classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centuries, B.C, founder of modern science, politics, warfare, philosophy, and source of breathtaking art and architecture. This dazzling production charts the rise, triumph, and eventual decline of the world's first democracy. Witness it all through the eyes of Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. PBS DVD, $19.99.  www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1402879&cp=&sr=1&kw=greece

&origkw=greece&parentPage=search

 

Greenleaf Ancient Greece Timechart
This colorful time chart measures 11" x 34" and is printed on both sides with information covering the specified time periods. Sections include cultural periods, Greece, Famous Men of Greece (refers to chapters in this book), Other Nations, Bible, and Misc. On the back there are graphical timelines of Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History.  $4.95. www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Greenleaf Ancient Rome Timechart
This colorful time chart measures 11" x 34" and is printed on both sides with information covering the specified time periods. Sections include Roman Age, Rome, Famous Men of Rome (refers to chapters in this book), Other Nations, Bible, and Misc. On the back there are graphical timelines of Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History. $4.95. www.rocksolidinc.com


Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Greece
For each chapter in the Famous Men of Greece, Cynder Shearer has provided a study guide to assist you in formulating an interactive history/story time, or give your older students a guide for accountability in this history course. Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested books to help along the way. In the back of this book you'll find a chronological overview of Greek history. Paperback, $9.95.

 

Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Rome
For each chapter in the Famous Men of Rome, Cynder Shearer has provided a study guide to assist you in formulating an interactive history/story time, or give your older students a guide for accountability in this history course.  Each chapter includes lists of people and places and words that pertain to the period of time, as well as discussion topics. Background information is provided to enhance the study along with other suggested supplemental texts to help along the way. In this book you'll find a section on the geography of Rome, a chronological overview of Roman history and more. Paperback, $9.95.  www.rocksolidinc.com

 

Pompeii
Resources for teachers and students. www.fieldmuseum.org/pompeii/oplontis.asp

 

Majority Rules: Ancient Greek Art and Culture
These downloadable lesson plans from the Carlos Museum at Emory University (Georgia) include instructions on making a paper vessel book or a Greek inspired architecture book.
www.carlos.emory.edu/PDF/Book_Lesson.pdf

 

 

 

ISRAEL AND JORDAN

For Students

Archaeology: Clues from the Past
American Museum of Natural History website. Includes: Mint Your Own Coin, Make Your Own Stationery (three designs which can be downloaded), a walk through the ruins of Petra, and lots more. www.amnh.org/ology/?channel=archaeology

"Clues from a Tomb" (Joseph, son of Jacob)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine June 22, 2002, pgs 8-11 (4 questions at end).

"Discovering the Gate of Solomon,"
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine Jan 25, 2003, pgs 8-11.

"Discovery at Dan" (David)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Nov 23, 2002, pgs 14-17 (4 questions at end).

"Discovery at Ekron" (Philistines)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Oct. 26, 2002, pgs 8-11 (5 questions at end).

"Jericho’s Dirt Detectives"
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Aug. 24, 2002, pgs 14-17.

 

The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From David to Jesus
Host: Hershel Shanks. Part I: From the Beginning to the Babylonian Destruction, Part II: From the Return of the Exiles to the World of Jesus. This DVD tells the story of the great archaeological finds from Jerusalem over the ages. View stunning aerial shots of Jerusalem in vivid color. See a multitude of artifacts and inscriptions including the silver amulet containing the earliest Biblical quotation ever discovered. Plus visit on-site location shots of Herod’s Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and much more. In the accompanying Learner’s Guide PDF, archaeologist Dan P. Cole discusses geographic, political and religious influences on Jerusalem’s history. Also included are study questions, historical maps, an extensive glossary, a chronology and a bibliography.75 minutes. ISBN 978-1-935335-34-4. http://store.bib-arch.org/prodinfo.asp?number=9HAS

 

Israel: A Journey Through Time
This captivating documentary, filmed entirely in Israel, presents a Christian perspective on the Holy Land's ancient history and modern reality, from Genesis to the possibility of Armageddon. 6 DVD Set,
$99.95. www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/

 

Jordan Past and Present: Petra, Jerash, Amman
By E. Borgia. Many ancient monuments and buildings have been worn away by wind and rain over time. Explore the archaeological remains of Petra, Jerash, and Amman. Then turn the page to see what they may have looked like thousands of years ago. Vision S.r.l., Roma, 2001. ISBN 88-8162-124-x.

 

Kid's View of Archaeology in Jordan, A
By Ruth Christopherson She joined her father at the Madaba Plans Project in Jordan and wrote this ebook report. Grades 3-6. http://archaeology.about.com/gi/o.html

 

"Sea Peoples, The" (Philistines)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Sept. 28, 2002, pgs 14-17 (5 multiple choice questions at end).

 

 

For Teachers 

Daily Life in Bible Times: What Archaeology Tells Us
By Pamela Gaber. In this book, two archaeologists, one also a teacher and one an illustrator, show you how we use archaeology to get a glimpse of these ancient lives and add depth and color to our understanding of how the people spent their daily life in Bible times. Paperback, 32 pages. $12.95.

 

 

MESOPOTAMIA

For Students


"Adventure at Petra," by Roxy Maxwell. Guide magazine story archives. http://www.guidemagazine.org/storyvault/story.asp?vault=8&chap=19
"Gotta Be Goin" (Abraham & Ur)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, May 25, 2002, pgs 14-17 (4 questions at end).

"Underground Secrets" (Babylon, archaeology, Nebuchadnezzar)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Mar 22, 2003, pgs 14-17.

 "Terrorists in the Land" (Sennacharib, king of Assyria)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, Apr 26, 2003, pgs 8-11.

 "Walking in Esther’s Palace" (Esther, Iraq)
By Michael Hasel. Guide Magazine, May 24, 2003, pgs 8-11.

 

For Teachers

Mesopotamia Lesson Plans
Download sample lesson plans on various archaeological topics or order one of three complete notebooks packed with teacher-written lesson plans and activities (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia). Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Teacher Resource Center. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/TRC/trc_home.html

 

ARCHAEOLOGY (General)

Archaeology Channel, The
You can download archaeology videos at this website: www.archaeologychannel.org/

 

Archaeology
Archaeology is the official journal of the Archaeological Institute of America. Their website includes helpful resources: www.archaeology.org/



Archaeology and the Bible
Helpful information and answers to questions from a conservative Christian viewpoint.
www.christiananswers.net/archaeology/home.html

 

Biblical Archaeology Review
A nonsectarian journal for the discussion of biblical archaeology. One year (6 issues), $13.97. www.bib-arch.org/

 

Dr. Hasel--This is too long, but I thought it was important to keep the list of bonus lectures. They were in a numbered list and could be put back that way to make it easier to read.


Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? What challenges do they face?
In this DVD, some of the world's greatest scholars explain archaeology's contribution to the understanding and interpretation of events in the Near East. Survey the remains of a raging fire that destroyed Hazor thousands of years ago. Explore the ruins of a stone tower at Jezreel, from which Queen Jezebel may have been thrown and murdered. Learn how scientific archaeology developed, from the identification of tells and the shifts in stratigraphic methods to computer refinements and excavations done underwater and in laboratories. Meet the 19th-century pioneers of this field and examine the groundbreaking discoveries and theories that contribute to our understanding of the biblical past. And be there when Hazor volunteers uncover a magnificent prize find, right before your eyes!

 

Bonus: Includes six lectures on biblical studies and archaeology: Solomon in His Context—He’s for Real. Kenneth Kitchen, University of Liberpool. One of the world’s leading Egyptologists examines temples and palaces unearthed by archaeologists to place David and Solomon into historical context. Stratigraphy in Geography, History and . . . Archaeology. John Monson, Wheaton College. John Monson explains the role of geography in the lives of Levantine peoples—its affects on agriculture, trade and war. Seafaring in Biblical Times. Shelley Wachsmann, Texas A&M University. An expert in maritime archaeology tells of ancient mariners and guides us through sea battles depicted in reliefs and other artifacts. Galilean Archaeology and the Historical Jesus Quest. Douglas Edwards, University of Puget Sound. Douglas Edwards draws on archaeological discoveries to understand the historical contexts of the young Jesus and his world. Locating the Herodian Temple: Old and New Theories in Light of Ancient Literary Evidence. James Tabor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Just where was the Jerusalem Temple? James Tabor examines a wide array of intriguing theories. The Relevance of Archaeology to Biblical Theology. Bernhard Anderson, Princeton Theological Seminary. This Biblical theologian stresses the interrelationship of theology and history, arguing that archaeology is essential to properly understand the historical context of the Bible. Biblical Archaeology Society, 2 DVD set, Approx. 90 minutes + 6 bonus lectures (210 minutes) Total: 300 minutes. $49.95. ISBN 978-1-880317-65-5. www.store.bib-arch.org/prodinfo.asp?number=9HWB

 

Hands-On Archaeology: Real Life Activities for Kids
By John R. White. This book includes everything teachers will need to help students conduct real-life archaeological digs. Packed with activities, this book first offers small-scale activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials. Then the author takes kids out of the school to an empty lot in the community. Students will not just learn about archaeology—they will be archaeologists!  (The copyright page indicates that activities may be copied for classroom use.)  Prufrock Press, Waco, TX, 2005. Paperback, 194 pages, $19.95. ISBN: 978-1593631628. Grades 7-12.

 

 

How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible: From the Patriarchs to the Babylonian Destruction (DVD)
This eight-part lecture series by teacher and archaeologist Dr. William G. Dever. Topics include:
1. An Orientation to Biblical Archaeology: History, Aims and Methods
2. Patriarchs and Matriarchs: History or Fiction?
3. Who Were the Early Israelites, and Where Did They Come From?
4. The Rise of the Israelite State: the “United Monarchy”
5. Religion and Cult: One God or Many?
6. Everyday Life in Biblical Times
7. Israel’s Neighbors in the Light of Recent Archaeological Research
8. The Assyrian and Babylonian Destructions: The End or the Beginning?
Biblical Archaeology Review, set of 8 DVD's, $99.95.  www.bib-arch.org/multimedia/how-archaeology-illuminates-the-bible.asp

 


Motel of the Mysteries
By David Macaulay. In the year 4022 an amateur archaeologist stumbles across an abandoned excavation site in the ancient country of USA. Follow along as he pieces together the mysteries of this lost civilization. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1979, paperback, 96 pages. ISBN 0-395-28425-2. High school-adult.

 

 

Practical Archaeology: A Step-by-Step Guide to Uncovering the Past
By Christopher Catling. This accessible and comprehensive illustrated guide is ideal for anyone with a passion for the past. It is both a hands-on resource for the new enthusiast--student or volunteer--attending their first dig, and a superb professional reference book and practical manual for the many specialized and exciting fields of advanced archaeological practice, from forensics applied to burial sites to deciphering ancient languages. Hardcover, 256. $35.00.

 

Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World:
A Visual Chronology from the Origins of Life to AD 1500
By Chris Scarre. With this incredible reference book of over 50 large-scale visual timelines, take a glance at exactly what was happening at the same time in every corner of the world. Dorling Kindersley, London, 1993. ISBN 1-56458-305-8. www.amazon.com

 

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
Two DVD set, 168 minutes, PBS, $29.95:  www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/6754/preview/

 

 

EGYPT

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=1075201

&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

 

GREECE AND ROME

Empires: The Roman Empire in the First Century
Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. Through the experiences, memories and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time -- the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century A.D. PBS DVD, $19.99  www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1822748&cp=1398552


 
Empires: The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation re-create Classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centuries, B.C, founder of modern science, politics, warfare, philosophy, and source of breathtaking art and architecture. This dazzling production charts the rise, triumph, and eventual decline of the world's first democracy. Witness it all through the eyes of Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. PBS DVD, $19.99.  www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1402879&cp=&sr=1&kw=greece

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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

 

Hadrian
The British Museum's website includes several videos on Hadrian which can be watched via a computer.
www.britishmuseum.org/about_this_site/audio_and_video/exhibitions_-_archive/hadrian_-_video_archive.aspx
Hadrian Introductory Video, 1 min, 26 sec.
Hadrian, A new Emperor, 3 min, 3 sec.
The Power of Image, 4 min, 10 sec.
An Emperor's Love, 3 min, 2 sec.
The Imperial Palace, 2 min, 25 sec
Building the Wall, 3 min,14 sec.

 

In The Footsteps of Paul
Host Tony Moore.  Filmed in Turkey, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Greece, and Italy, this set of three DVDs includes 20 30-minutes episodes. $259. www.biblicalworld.org

 

Pompeii
An interactive website. www.fieldmuseum.org/pompeii/oplontis.asp

 

 

ISRAEL AND JORDAN

Archaeological Search for Jesus, An (DVD)
Hosted by Hershel Shanks. In this five-part documentary, Hershel Shanks travels from Galilee to Jerusalem in search of the first century world in which Jesus lived and died. Includes visits to Nazareth, Sepphoris, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Kursi, Qumran and Jerusalem. In each installment, Shanks interviews eminent archaeologists and New Testament scholars about the sites associated with Jesus and other gospel figures. A trip to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, gives insight into the Jewish context of Jesus' teachings. This non-denominational film is the first and only documentary focusing on the archaeological evidence of Jesus and early Christianity. 3 DVD boxed set, Approx. 210 minutes, $99.95.  ISBN 978-1-880317-66-2. www.store.bib-arch.org/prodinfo.asp?number=9HNT

 

Archaeology of Jerusalem, The: From David to Jesus
Part I: From the Beginning to the Babylonian Destruction, Part II: From the Return of the Exiles to the World of Jesus. Ideal for classroom or home use, this intriguing DVD tells the story of the great archaeological finds from Jerusalem over the ages. Take a fascinating journey with writer, director and narrator Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. View stunning aerial shots of Jerusalem in vivid color. See a multitude of artifacts and inscriptions including the silver amulet containing the earliest Biblical quotation ever discovered. Plus visit on-site location shots of Herod’s Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and much more. In the accompanying Learner’s Guide PDF, archaeologist Dan P. Cole discusses geographic, political and religious influences on Jerusalem’s history. Also included are study questions, historical maps, an extensive glossary, a chronology and a bibliography.75 minutes. ISBN 978-1-935335-34-4.
www.store.bib-arch.org/prodinfo.asp?number=9HAS

 

Herod's Lost Tomb
Herod the Great, is best known for the slaughter of Bethlehem's male infants. But  he was also an architectural mastermind who built more and larger monuments than virtually anyone in ancient times, and perhaps in all time.  Now, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer claims to have found Herod's grandest creation of all—his burial tomb. At his self-named palace-fortress Herodium, Herod's Lost Tomb explores Netzer's decades-long search for the King of the Jews' fabulously carved mausoleum and coffin. Includes in-depth examinations of classic Herodian sites such as Masada, Caesarea, and Jerusalem's Second Temple. National Geographic, DVD,  2008, 50 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

 

Houses of Ancient Israel
At this website for the Harvard Semitic Museum, click on Exhibitions, then The Houses of Ancient Israel.
www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic/

 

Israel: A Journey Through Time
This captivating documentary, filmed entirely in Israel, presents a Christian perspective on the Holy Land's ancient history and modern reality, from Genesis to the possibility of Armageddon. 6 DVD Set,
$99.95. www.teacher.shop.pbs.org/

 

Quest for the Phoenicians
Join two scientists and an explorer as they travel to Lebanon to find out more about the ancient Phoenicians. The scientists are using genetics to determine the link between the current Lebanese population and the early Phoenicians from bone excavations made at ancient sites. Meanwhile, the explorer tries to retrace the shipping and sailing routes of the Phoenicians, who were aggressive explorers that discovered and conquered other Mediterranean lands. National Geographic, DVD, 2006, 60 minutes, $24.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

 

Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus
Host: Tony Moore. This four-DVD set includes 28 30-minute episodes filmed on location, which bring the gospel stories to lifeSet: $329. www.biblicalworld.org

 

Where Jesus Walked
Hosted by Hershel Shanks. In this film from the Biblical Archaeology Society, Hershel Shanks visits Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Qumran, Sepphoris, and Jerusalem to view sites where Jesus walked. Along the way, Shanks meets with the world’s most prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars to discuss the archaeological discoveries that link these sites to Jesus. Their lively, in-depth conversations offer a clear picture of how current archaeology is illuminating the New Testament. The fascinating finds include a first-century boat like the one the apostles used, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the theater at Sepphoris, the fishing village of Bethsaida, the Capernaum synagogue where Jesus preached, the remains of an individual crucified in the first century, and much more.  DVD, Approx. 91 minutes. ISBN 978-1-880317-74-7. $24.95. http://store.bib-arch.org/prodinfo.asp?number=9HJV

 

Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls are widely considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history. More than a half century after their discovery, scientists are still trying to solve the mystery of who wrote them. With special access to the scrolls, National Geographic goes beyond the enclosed glass case to examine the actual texts up close and explores the caves where they were found. Witness as a new clue to the identity of the scrolls' writers is deciphered—a 2,000-year-old cup inscribed with a strange text. Could analysis of this finding unravel the mystery? National Geographic, DVD, 2010, 50 minutes, $19.95. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/index.jsp?code=SR10001

 

MESOPOTAMIA

Babylon
The British Museum's website includes several videos on Babylon which can be watched via a computer.
www.britishmuseum.org/the_museum/museum_in_london/london_exhibition_archive/archive_

babylon/babylon/videos_about_babylon/the_babylonian_mind.aspx
Babylon Introductory Video, 1 min, 16 sec.
The Babylonian Mind, 3 min, 2 sec.
Flavours of Babylon, 4 min, 24 sec.
Towers of Babel, 4 min, 28 sec.

Middle East and Islamic World
High school resources at British Museum:
www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/secondary/middle_east_and_islamic_

world.aspx#Visits

 

 

 

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