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Introduction

This session tells the children about a central aspect of Sumerian daily life: the house.

What were the houses made of?

Which rooms do we find or do we not find in a Sumerian house?

What does it tell us about the Sumerian way of life?

This session also is a lot about the work of archaeologists:

What does archaeology tell us about daily life?

What evidence do we have for what life was like in the past?

This session teaches the children how to understand and interpret a wide range of archaeological sources, from a plan to the pottery, to reconstruct the past.

Activity

The activity will turn your pupils into junior archaeologists!

Thanks to a step-by-step approach, the children will learn to get information from an archaeological plan, and use archaeological evidence.

In class-sessions: pupils have access to pottery sherds dating from IV millennium BC

✓ Distance courses: pupils are given pottery plates, and see "which pot goes where" (memory game - after introduction)

Year 3-5: focus is put on pottery, ancient uses and archaeological interpretation

Year 6+: how can there be several reconstructions of a same archaeological plan? Difficulties raised by the interpretation of archaeological sources.

"With the 'House in Sumer' activity, I have been able to really communicate the magic of history to the children and to make them travel to another time. They loved the down-to-earth, deductive approach, which seemed to make them feel like real scientists (or detectives!).
Believe it or not, I had pupils stay after class to ask questions about ancient Sumerian cutlery!" (Paul - School Teacher)

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Are you interested by the session "Every day life - My house in Sumer" for your children or your class? Let's have a chat.

 

Get in touch with Marie marie@esagil.co.uk to learn more or book a session.