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The history of Sumer is a tale of cities.
This session explains the processes that lead to the birth of cities in Ancient Sumer, and introduces the main features of Sumerian cities.

What are the most important buildings and why?

Which cities played an essential part in the history of Sumer?

What does archaeology tell us about Sumerian cities? What are the limits of archaeology?

This session shows the children how to use both textual and archaeological sources to make history, and how to interpret the data we have... or not.

This session allows the pupils to think about their own city and consider why some buildings are seen more meaningful than other ones

Morley - pick up your house in Ur (3)
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The focus is put on the ancient city of Ur

Pick your house! Children are explained how to read an archaeological plan, so that they can choose "their" house in an Sumerian city quarter. The activity is suitable for all KS2 levels.

Complementary activities:

Year 3: The session is coupled with the "irrigation-session"

Year 4-6: how to interpret ancient textual sources

✓ A tale of cities: how Sumerians are telling their own history - retrace it on a map

✓ The ideal Sumerian city: find in a text its essential features.

Further explorations:

Complementary to "Religion session": what does the god(dess) represent for a Sumerian city?

Compare with other ancient or modern cities:was a Sumerian city similar to those of Ancient Egypt or the Indus valley? how would children describe their own city?

Are you interested by the session "Cities - Living in ancient Ur" for your children or your class? Let's have a chat.


Get in touch with Marie to learn more or book a session.