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Curriculum content descriptions

Reasons for Angkor’s rise to prominence, including wealth from trade and agriculture (ACDSEH060)

Elaborations
  • explaining how being revered as the ‘god-king’ or ‘deva-raja’ enabled the Khmer kings to rule over the empire with absolute authority, thereby enhancing their ability to mobilise manpower to defend the empire as well as to invade neighbours
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Cambodian history,  Capital cities,  Wealth,  Agriculture

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Zhou Daguan's account of Medieval Angkor

The city of Angkor was the centre of the mighty Khmer Empire for five hundred years, beginning around 900 CE. It was not only one of the most populous cities in the world, it featured some of the most sophisticated architecture and infrastructure, particularly in regards to water distribution. In this beautiful animation, ...

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Exploring Angkor with Zhou Daguan

Angkor, located in northwest Cambodia, was one of the world’s most impressive cities in the years between 900 and 1431 CE. With its elaborate temples, canals, dependable agriculture and powerful military, Angkor supported three quarters of a million people, making it the most populous pre-industralised city in the world. ...

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Fair and reliable reporting on Medieval Angkor

What are the dangers of relying on one historical source for an understanding of an ancient society? How important is it for historians to verify information? In this animation of one of history's most significant documents, Zhou Dugaun's 'A Record of Cambodia: the land and its People', consider the reliability of Zhou's ...

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Mysteries of Angkor

Did you know that around 800 years ago the world's biggest city was in Cambodia? From the 10th century, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which ruled a huge part of South-East Asia for around three centuries. But Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century. Discover how modern archaeological techniques are now helping ...

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Angkor Wat

This is a colour photograph of the Angkor Wat temple in the northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap. The sandstone of the temple looks golden in the early morning light, and is reflected in the water in the foreground. A gallery with columns extends around the outside of the ground floor of the building and the rest of ...

Teacher resource

Meet the food system

This unit of work consists of two parts, supported by lesson plans, slides and handouts and teachers guides. The first part examines the food system as a complex network that is deeply connected to health, society, and the environment. The second part explores key milestones in the history of agriculture, with a focus on ...

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Working for a living in Medieval England

Imagine being transported to England in the middle of the 13th century. What was life like for common people? Who had the power to control the lives of others? In this clip, learn about the feudal system, which was widespread in Medieval Europe. This clip is first in a series of five.

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Red Cross women spinning during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women in Red Cross aprons spinning wool on treadle spinning wheels during the First World War. The camera pans slowly across the group then moves to a close-up of one woman at her spinning wheel.

Teacher resource

Angkor Wat bas relief carvings

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore images of life during the ancient Khmer Empire, including its dancers, using bas reliefs found on the walls of the temples of Angkor. The teacher notes provide background information about the ancient Khmer ...

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Fire and agriculture

This resource is a website about the historical and current use of fire to prepare land for hunting and farming in New Zealand. The home page contains a summary of the use of fire by Maori, the different practices adopted by European settlers on the North and South Islands and the resulting environmental impacts. There ...

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Feeding the unemployed during the Depression

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of unemployed men receiving cups of tea and food parcels from volunteer women charity workers in Melbourne during the Great Depression. A close-up of tea being poured is followed by a pan across men seated in rows and drinking the tea.

Interactive resource

Biography: Federation people: David Syme

Investigate newspaper editor and proprietor David Syme's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Syme: 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: Federation people' series.

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Using a portable pedal wireless in 1946

This is a 1946 black-and-white photograph showing a man operating a Traeger Pedal Radio. He is seated under large gum trees on a riverbank with a truck close by.

Interactive Resource

EnviroNorth: outback mobs learning module

This is a multilayered website about the outback. It includes an interactive tool titled Outback Mobs and a unit of work for teachers. The unit of work includes a teaching guide; curriculum links; and a bookshelf listing non-fiction and narrative books about the pastoral industry in northern Australia. The interactive component ...

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Nga tupu mai i Hawaiki - plants from Polynesia

This resource is a website about the food cultivation practices of the Maori. It describes the adaptation of the traditional Polynesian plant types and practices to the cooler New Zealand climate. It includes detailed information about the different plant foods which were cultivated, their origins and the ways in which ...

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Standing adorned Buddha, 12th century

This is a sculpture depicting a standing Buddha forming the double gesture of assurance (abhaya mudra). The sculpture is from the Angkor Wat period (1100-1175) in Cambodia or Thailand. The work of art is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the distinctive Khmer style of this sculpture, the ...

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Women packing food parcels during the Depression

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women, probably Red Cross volunteers, packing food parcels for the destitute in Melbourne during the Great Depression (1929-32). It shows one woman wrapping items into a brown paper package while another stacks the finished packages onto a pile.

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Australia's 5th column, 1941 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white 1941 propaganda documentary with soundtrack. The documentary is entitled 'Australia's 5th column', and it concerns the threat to Australia during the Second World War of the 'fifth column' (internal subversive agents). This excerpt shows everyday Australians listening to broadcasts ...

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Landscaping at Parliament House, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of men and draught horses levelling land and laying pipes in preparation for the development of lawns and garden beds at the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House) in Canberra.

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Miners' shanties at Lightning Ridge, c1925

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary of about 1925 probably entitled 'Opal mining, Lightning Ridge'. The excerpt begins with the intertitle 'Types of shanties occupied by miners'. This is followed by footage of three homes, each with activity taking place in the foreground. A second intertitle, 'More profitable, ...