Year 4 as Archaeologists!
Last week in Blue Class, we got to find out what it is like to be an archaeologist! We wanted to see just how exciting it was for Howard Carter when he discovered Tutankhamun’s undisturbed tomb.
Firstly, we had to dig through soil, sand and bark to find all the pieces of the pottery but unfortunately they were all broken because they are nearly 3,000 years old! Most of us were very careful although we had some more breakages along the way. We tried out different methods to check we hadn’t missed any pieces such as sieving the soil and transferring it from one container to the next. We now know why archaeologists use such tiny brushes.
Our next challenge was to piece the pots together. This wasn’t easy as some pieces were missing and it was difficult to match it all up. After lots of perseverance we found that the pottery had hieroglyphic writing on them (that’s the Egyptian alphabet!) so we carefully deciphered what they say by looking at each symbol. Where some of the pots were incomplete, we had to guess the missing letters so that it made sense. We then learnt new facts about the Egyptians from what they had written on the pots.
We then completed a ‘reconstruction relay’! To get an idea of how Howard Carter would have described what he could see, we had to look at a picture of an artefact then return to our group and describe it so that they could draw it. This wasn’t easy as we had to include as much detail as possible otherwise the drawings weren’t accurate.