This month we present a few of the many sites about ancient civilizations in general, as well as sites that focus on ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
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GeneralArt Images for College Teaching is an excellent resource for student projects. All images of art from ancient Africa, China, India, Meso-America, Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other civilizations may be freely used for educational purposes.
Web Chron the web chronology project uses the power of hypertext to present chronologies in outline form, with links to show the relation between events in one field to events in another.
National Geographic's Atlas of Human History introduces ancient cultures through a rotating globe and timeline. Photographs and artifacts help illustrate each culture or event.
The Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has maps of Rome, Greece, Egypt, and more. Developed for students and teachers, maps may be downloaded in multiple formats and in blank versions suitable for quizzes.
Odyssey Online invites students to learn about people, mythology, daily life, death and burial, writing, and archaeology in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and 19th-20th century sub-Saharan Africa. Provided by Emory University, the University of Rochester, and the Dallas Museum of Art, the site also offers teacher resources.
Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?, from the Annenberg Channel, explores the collapse of four ancient civilizations, those of the Maya, Mesopotamia, the Chaco Canyon Anasazi, and the Mali and Sonhghai. This interactive lesson for middle school students includes an online journal.
The BBC's Ancient History page highlights Vikings, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Anglo-Saxons, and (of course) prehistoric Britons. It offers lots features, such as animations, games, timelines, slideshows, and audio clips.
Mummies Unwrapped looks at mummies from different ancient cultures. Created by students, the site explains, "a lot of... mummies have been intentionally, or accidentally processed in sand, tar, or mud; freeze-dried in a cave; or sacrificed in a bog".
Middle school students designed the award-winning Ancient World site, which examines ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history and culture. It also has recipes, instructions for pyramid-building and other projects, and online activities.
In Secrets of Lost Empires, NOVA attempts to discover technologies that architects and engineers of ancient times used. Among structures studied are the China bridge, Roman bath, Egyptian obelisk, Easter Island statues, and medieval European castle.
Highlights from the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum includes images of ancient art from Anatolia, Assyria, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Syria.
Sixth grade students created the Ancient Civilizations Virtual Museum, which covers China, Canaan, India, Mesopotamia, the Maya, and Africa.
World Civilizations, an Internet course from Washington State University, offers a wealth of information for students with complex navigational and college-level reading skills. To begin, click on "Contents" then look for "World Civilizations Resources."
EgyptDon't miss the British Museum's Ancient Egypt site. Sections on Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummies, pharaohs, pyramids, and more are illustrated with images from the museum's collection. Each section also includes an interactive game or quiz.
Younger students can visit the British Museum's Children's Compass site for three exhibits about mummies. Who could resist Journey into the Mummy's "How to Make a Mummy" section, with expert advice such as "Take the brain out in pieces through the nose. Throw it away."
Mysteries of Egypt, from the Canadian Museum of Culture, focuses on questions such as "Why did the ancient Egyptian civilization emerge in the Nile Valley" The site has information about Egyptian culture, geography, architecture, government, religion, and sciences as well as a timeline, glossary, and teachers' manual.
The Egyptian government provides lots of information about Ancient Egypt, including the pyramids, the Sphinx, and Tutankhamen.
The easy-to-use Mummies of Ancient Egypt, from the University of Michigan, is divided into these sections: What are mummies?, How are mummies made?, Who were the mummies?, and All about the afterlife.
The Michael C. Carlos Museum presents Ramesses I: The Search for the Lost Pharaoh. Illustrated with diagrams and photographs of the pharaoh's mummy, it tells about discovery and study of his tomb.
Explore Ancient Egypt, from PBS's NOVA site, provides virtual tours of Egyptian monuments, such as the Sphinx and various tombs and temples.
NOVA's Pyramids: The Inside Story offers site plans, cross-sections, and QTVR panoramas that let users virtually explore Egyptian pyramids' architecture and learn about their history.
Digital Karnak from the University of California presents 3-D models, photos and videos exploring the development of this ancient site for advanced students. Students can also explore this digital Karnak site through Google Earth.
The Wonders of Egypt examines mummies, culture, religion, royalty, pyramids, houses, climate, and foods from a fifth grader's point of view.
Created by middle school students, Ancient Egypt: Stayin' Alive has information on pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphics, religion, pharaohs, the Nile, and everyday life.
In the WebQuest King Tutankhamen: Was it Murder? social studies and language arts students in grades 6-8 analyze information about the king's death. Their teams include a medical examiner, reporter, archaeologist, history professor, and historian.
GreeceThe Ancient Greek World, from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, offers a well-organized introduction to ancient Greece. Topics include daily life, religion and death, and economy.
The Perseus Project provides a digital library of primary and secondary source materials for study of ancient Greece and Rome. The collection from Tufts University and many cooperating museums includes texts, site plans, digital images, and maps. A historical overview of Ancient Greece also is featured.
Ancient Greece, from the BBC's school site, helps 4-11 year olds discover ancient Greece. The site features information about Athens, Olympia, and Corinth, as well as a timeline of Greek history and cartoon versions of some of the classics.
Visit the British Museum's Children's Compass site and click on "Tours" to take the Sport in Ancient Greece tour and learn about the Olympics and other ancient Greek sporting festivals. The Trojan War tour tells the epic story of the war between Greece and Troy, illustrated with actual artifacts from the museum.
The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization highlights the lives of Cleisthenes, Themistocles, Pericles, Aspasia, and Socrates. The PBS site also includes a timeline, video clips and interactive features, such as Life in Athens and Speak Like an Ancient Greek.
Metis is a collection of interactive QTVR panoramas for ancient Greek archaeological sites. This cool site allows you to take virtual tours of Athens, Delphi, Sparta, Troy, and many other places, and includes links to Perseus materials for more information.
The Ancient City of Athens is a photo archive of this Greek city's archaeological and architectural remains. Intended primarily for students and teachers of classical art and archaeology, civilization, languages, and history, the site can supplement lectures and reading assignments and provide images for term papers and presentations.
Middle school students created Greek Mythology: Gods, Titans and More. The site focuses on the main characters in Greek myths and how they relate to each other. It includes an interactive section with games, tests, and an interview with a storyteller.
Bullfinch's Mythology is an online source of Greek and Roman fables.
RomeGoogle Earth presents Ancient Rome in 3D! In this Google Earth layer, students can fly into Rome as it looked in 320 A.D., tour the interior of famous buildings, visit sites such as the Roman Forum, Colosseum and the Forum of Julius Caesar in 3D and learn about how the Romans lived. The free Google Earth software must be downloaded.
Glassmaking in Roman Times from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This website explores several aspects of the history of glassworking throughout the six centuries of Roman domination of the Mediterranean world. Woven into this story is the place of glassware in everyday life, from the lady-of-the-house's cosmetic preparations each morning to the setting of the table for the evening meal.
Rome from the Michael C. Carlos Museum's Odyssey Online presents information about the people, mythology, writing and archaeology of ancient Rome.
Voyage Back in Time: Ancient Greece and Rome was designed by the University of Richmond to teach 3rd grade students about these ancient cultures.
The Roman Empire in the 1st Century from PBS provides special features such as a timeline, a family tree for the dynasty of Augustus, and the Emperor Game.
Aquae Urbis Romae: the Waters of the City of Rome is a history of Roman urban development over 2800 years. The site includes detailed maps on a timeline, as well as historic maps.
Online Tours of Ancient Rome from the British Museum include Chariot-racing in ancient Rome, Gladiators and Roman Treasures. Click "next" near the images to see additional artifacts and learn about the topic.
Last updated 4/20/2011