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Curriculum content descriptions

Significant beliefs, values and practices of the ancient Egyptians, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: everyday life, warfare, or death and funerary customs (ACDSEH033)

Elaborations
  • investigating significant beliefs associated with death and funerary customs (for example, belief in an afterlife) and practices (for example, burial in tombs and techniques of mummification)
  • generating alternative explanations for the building of the pyramids at Giza
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Ancient history,  Beliefs,  Social history,  Lifestyles,  War,  Values (Psychology),  Funerals,  Egyptian history

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Ancient Egypt

This is an online interactive resource about ancient Egypt developed by the British Museum. The resource has ten sections: Egyptian life; geography; gods and goddesses; mummification; pharaoh; pyramids; temples; time; trades; and writing. Each section contains three elements: 'Story', 'Explore' and 'Challenge'. The 'Challenge' ...

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Investigating the wonders of Ancient Egypt

How cool is Ancient Egypt? It's got mummies, pyramids, the Sphinx and amazing artworks that have been around for thousands of years. There are lots of references to the afterlife, and fabulous gods like the jackal-headed Anubis who guides spirits of the deceased through the underworld. And then there are the archaeologists ...

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Mummification process - animation

This is an animated reconstruction of the mummification of the body of Herakleides, a 20-year-old man from the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history. The animation, produced by the J Paul Getty Museum, begins with the removal of the organs and then illustrates the 40-day dehydration process, the anointing of the body, ...

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Ancient Egypt: secrets of the sands

Imagine descending into the depths of a tomb that was built thousands of years ago by the people of one the world's oldest and most fascinating civilisations. Join Jennifer Byrne as she visits ancient sites on Egypt's Giza Plateau to discover how and why the history of ancient Egypt is being constantly rewritten.

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Always check your sources

What better place can you imagine for a Library of Knowledge, where the answers to all questions can be found, than beneath the paws of the Sphinx? Sounds perfect. But how reliable are your sources of information? Make up your own mind as you watch this clip about ancient Egypt's legendary hall of records.

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Exploring the mystical sanctuary of Osiris

Travel 30 metres beneath the Giza Plateau to explore one of Egypt's most significant archaeological discoveries, the Tomb of Osiris. The god Osiris is the guarantor of eternal life. His symbolic tomb provided ancient Egyptians with a sanctuary in which they could pay homage to 'the ruler of the great beyond'. Find out more ...

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Who broke the Sphinx's nose?

For many years the troops of French military commander Napoleon Bonaparte were blamed for mutilating the nose of the Sphinx. In this clip, historical sources are used to bring this conclusion into dispute. Listen as Dr Zahi Hawass, archaeologist, Egyptologist, author, and former minister of state for antiquities in Egypt, ...

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Adorning the coffins of Ancient Egyptians

How did the people of ancient Egypt prepare the deceased for the afterlife? Archaeologists have excavated vast numbers of Egyptian mummies and many more remain to be discovered. Be amazed by the colourful paintings and inscriptions that adorn the coffins encasing the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptians.

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What's inside a mummy?

How can new technology be used to find out what's in a mummy without unwrapping it? Watch as Horus, an Egyptian mummy, is taken to hospital to undergo a CT (computed tomography) scan. The scan reveals what is under Horus's bandages, tells historians the age he died, and might provide some clues about the reason for his death.

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Art celebrates death in the Valley of the Kings

A number of Egyptian pharaohs were buried in elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile River at Luxor. These tombs played a crucial role in beliefs about the afterlife of those who were housed within them, and they were decorated with detailed, symbolic reliefs. Find out how the extraordinary ...

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Temple of Hathor at Dendera, c55 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the temple complex at Dendera dominated by the Temple of Hathor as it might have appeared in the time of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Interspersed with footage of the complex today and accompanied by an expert commentary, the animation shows the location of Dendera in Upper Egypt, the temple ...

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Tombs of the nobles at Aswan (Swenet)

This is a colour clip showing the city of Aswan on the eastern bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt. Accompanied by an expert commentary, the clip shows Aswan today and traffic on the Nile before shifting scene to the western bank. Here in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa, the rock-cut tombs of local governors are featured, ...

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Unlocking the identity of the Sphinx

What is known about the origins of the Sphinx? Do we know who built it and who it might resemble? Watch as forensic pathologists seek to determine which pharaoh might have commissioned the building of the Sphinx, then listen to reasons why the pathologists' findings might not be conclusive.

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Mortuary temples of Mentuhotep and Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri, c1450 BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the great mortuary temples of Mentuhotep II and Hatshepsut as they might have appeared in the time of the New Kingdom. The resource includes footage of the temples today and a detailed commentary. It shows the natural landform of Deir el-Bahri and a temple of Thutmose III, before concentrating ...

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Elephantine Island in Upper Egypt

This is a colour clip showing the island of Elephantine, known to the ancient Egyptians as Abu (ivory), in the River Nile. Including a detailed commentary and illustrations depicting the island in the time of Hatshepsut, the clip shows the temple of Satet, the local goddess of the annual flooding of the Nile. Ruins of a ...

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Sacred island of Philae, c120 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the temple complex on the island of Philae in Egypt as it would have appeared in Roman imperial times. Interspersed with footage of the reconstructed temple today, and accompanied by a detailed commentary, the animation shows the position of the island in the River Nile in Upper Egypt, ...

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Pharos of Alexandria, 247 BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the lighthouse or Pharos of Alexandria in Egypt as it would have appeared when completed by the Macedonian king of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The animation shows the location of the lighthouse on an island off the coast of Alexandria, its three-tiered structure and its perpetual fire ...

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

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Imagining ancient Rome

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 7 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit of inquiry allows students to explore how life in ancient ...

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WeCommemorate

WeCommemorate is a series of challenges for teachers to use with students to commemorate Australia's involvement in the First World War. These project-based challenges have been designed to engage students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 in the production of creative multimedia works and to develop 21st century learning skills. ...

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How did the first humans live?

This 10 minute video in three parts offers an overview of what life was like in the ancient world. Part 1 introduces the Palaeolithic era, marked by the use of stone tools, focusing on Homo Sapiens, and the tools used to study this era - archaeology and anthropology. Part 2 discusses human foraging and the specialist techniques ...

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Biography: Federation people: Edmund Barton

Find out more about Edmund Barton, Australia's first prime minister and drafter of the constitution. Examine two different types of biographies of Barton: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: ...