• Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures

    Created September 24, 2010
    Cave Art

    By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students will discover that pictures can be a way of communicating beliefs and ideas and can give us clues today about what life was like long ago.

    Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

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    "…a devastation of the loveliest of lands, in a memorable disaster shared by peoples and cities."...Pliny the Younger

  • The Birth of Cuneiform Writing

    Created September 3, 2010
  • Launchpad: Battle of Thermopylae

    Created August 31, 2010
  • Launchpad: Live From Antiquity

    Created August 31, 2010
  • Launchpad: Trade in Old Babylonia

    Created August 23, 2010

    LaunchPad: Trade in Old Babylonia

    Trade in Old Babylonia: An Exploration for Middle School Students

    First artifact, a man of clay A plaque of a harp | "Duck Weight" | A bronze statuette | Explore older Mesopotamian artifacts on your own


    You are an archaeologist uncovering artifacts found in Old Babylonia. What can you learn from them about trade there as well?

    First artifact, a clay bust of a man.

    Many artifacts from Old Babylonia were made in Old Babylonia. Is this one of them?

  • Launchpad: Hammurabi’s Code

    Created August 16, 2010

    LaunchPad: Hammurabi's Code

    Hammurabi’s Code: How does it reflect Babylonian society?

    Click on the link for your group and work together to answer the questions. The precepts are available at Yale University’s Avalon Project. The precepts, questions, and some brief background information that will guide each group through this activity is available in the list of links below (in .pdf form).