Summary of School Resources
The school material is designed to accompany a visit to the “The Roadshow” Exhibition. It provides both preparatory information for teachers, powerpoint presentations and practical instruction sheets for students. The school material is written to complement the objects shown in the exhibition and is focused on the NSW Curriculum.
Hands on Experiences
Many of the pieces in the exhibition are exact, handmade copies of treasures from Tutankhamun‘s tomb. This funerary equipment, which is presented in a vivid way, illustrates many aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, especially the life of the pharaoh.
Summary of Exhibition
At the beginning of the exhibition visitors are introduced to the topics of Ancient Egypt, The Land
along the Nile, the Rosetta Stone and the Discovery of the Tomb. It establishes the Historical background and introduces the historical personalities especially Akhenaten, TUTANKHAMUN’s father who made dramatic changes to Egypt. In room one a short film about Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon‘s search for Tutankhamun‘s tomb is then shown, which ends with the discovery of the tomb climaxing with the unveiling of the famous Gold Mask.
In the adjoining room the visitor goes inside TUTANKHAMUN’s tomb chamber with the sarcophagus, where the tomb wall paintings are also displayed and explained. As Howard Carter breaks into the tomb, many of the individual artifacts can be seen up close and information on their history, purpose and religious background are provided. This section of the exhibition takes the death cult and Egyptians conception of the afterlife as its theme and explains the funerary objects, as well as the mummification process.
Next, objects which the pharaoh used as symbols of His Power on official occasions, such as the Royal Throne, the sceptre and official fan can be seen. Furniture, weapons, his favourite game – Senet, his drinking cup and his personal head rest – all these articles highlight aspects of the Pharaoh’s everyday life.
The third room centres on the tools and importance of Archaeology climaxing with the greatest discovery in the middle east in the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here see original ancient artifacts that are thousands of years old from the Roman empire including pottery, lamps and glassware featuring a dish from Phonecia and a large urn from Saqqara, Egypt.
Teacher Resource Topics
1. ANCIENT EGYPT AND THE NILE RIVER
The Nile River played an important role in shaping the lives and society of Ancient Egypt. The Nile provided the Ancient Egyptians with food, transportation, building materials, and so much more.
2. THE DISCOVERY OF THE ROSETTA STONE
The fame of the decipherment of the Hieroglyphic script went to Jean Francois Champollion a French scholar. Now the stories written thousands of years ago can be read.
3. THE WORLD OF AKHENATEN AND TUT
In a radical break with traditional Egyptian religion Akhenaten abolished the worship of the other gods and discontinued their temple cults. His son TUTANKHAMUN reversed all his reforms with its consequences.
4. MUMMIES AND TOMBS
Mummification was not only a technical process but a ritual one, seeking to recreate the making of the first original mummy, Osiris. This three step process of mummification was kept secret for thousands of years.
5. PHARAOHS AND PYRAMIDS
The pharaohs were the same as gods and were absolute rulers over the country and its people. They were also responsible for maintaining the order of life on earth
6. TOMB PAINTINGS
Scenes in the New Kingdom tombs show actual depictions of the real events of the Funerary procession and other customs in Ancient Egypt and thus reveal amazing detail about Ancient Egyptian life.
7. ARCHAEOLOGY – DISCOVERY BY H. CARTER
Howard Carter was responsible for a thorough systematic search of the Valley of the Kings resulting in the dramatic discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun
8. TUTANKHAMUN’S LEGACY
What is to be discovered about Ancient Egypt from TUTANKHAMUN’s tomb? Compare the similarities and differences between the present day and the ancient world.