Online Activities

Write Like an Egyptian

Write your name in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Visit the site

Learn more about Egyptian hieroglyphs

 

Write Like a Babylonian

This is one of our most popular online activities for primary school teachers and students. Here you can see your monogram in cuneiform, the way an ancient Babylonian might have written it. Visit the site

Plus... download the Phonetic Cuneiform Alphabet

 

Other Resources

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Young people will enjoy this riddle scavenger hunt which takes them on a journey throughout the most popular galleries in the Museum.

 


crossword

Crossword Puzzles

Download a pdf including six crossword puzzles with answer keys which cover Egypt, Buddhism & Hinduism, China, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia.  All of the words in the puzzles are vocabulary terms related to each area of study. You may provide a list of the answers to differentiate these puzzles for ELL or elementary students.

 


Top Ten Objects

Self-Guided Tour Brochure

Greatest Hits Tour

Our Greatest Hits Tour brochure features 10 artifacts selected for their intrigue, significance, and beauty – and you can see them all in 60 minutes. Click here to see the slideshow with extended captions.

 


Educator's Guide

Secrets of the Silk Road

Educator's Guide 
This Educators' Guide will support and enrich your classroom's experience of the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition which was shown at the Penn Museum from February - June 2011. The booklet’s five units of activities correspond to the layout of the exhibition. Each activity connects to national academic standards, covering a range of subjects across the curriculum.

 


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Secrets of the Silk Road

High School Activities 
These activities, an addendum to the Secrets of the Silk Road Educators' Guide, are designed especially for high school educators to implement in their classrooms.

 


Painted Metaphors Resource Guide

Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya


Educators' Resource Guide and Activity Ideas

 


Amarna Guide

Amarna: Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun

Inquirer Educational Supplement

 


Surviving Exhibition Guide

Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years

Formerly Surviving: The Body of Evidence
News in Education Supplement

 

 

Educators' Guides

Trip Planner

Field Trip Planner

Field Trip Planner

In this guide you will find information about K-12 gallery tours, workshops and more for planning your museum field trip.

 


 

Welcome Teachers! The content and activities included here can be used to prepare students for their trip to the museum, or simply to supplement classroom learning. 

Teacher and Student Resources

 

Africa Educators Guide

Africa

Teacher & Student Resources

In this Africa pdf you will find curricular materials and activities about African geography, masks, religion, demography and anthropology.


China Activities

China

Teacher & Student Resources
In this China pdf you will find curricular materials about the history of domes and the science and math used in the construction of domes, like Penn’s Chinese Rotunda. There is also content on the production of silk.

 


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Egypt

Teacher & Student Resources
In this Egypt pdf you will find leveled reading content and activities for students all about ancient Egypt.

Math

Math

Teacher & Student Resources
Attention Math Teachers! New Content! In this pdf are six activities entitled Ancient History Math Mystery, Ancient Numeration, Maya Ballcourt Math, Africa by Numbers, Ancient Egyptian Math, and Math of Domes. These activities cover various ancient number systems, including Roman and Shang oracle bone numerals, cuneiform, and Maya. Other activities cover, circumference, radius, area and perimeter; converting percents, decimals and fractions, and problem solving.


Maya Educators Guide

Mesoamerica

Teacher & Student Resources
In this pdf you will find content and activities about the Mesoamerican ballgame and the Maya numeral system.
 

Archaeology Field Project

University of Pennsylvania, College of Liberal and Professional Studies
Summer 2010 course offerings

ANTH 250/550 Global Archaeology Field Project
Special session course, 1 course unit

Excavation team at Mount LykaionSection 950 Greece
Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, Arcadia, Greece
David Gilman Romano, Ph.D., Instructor
June 15 - August 3, 2010
Maximum enrollment: 10
Open to students who have completed a year of university study.

To Register
Contact Dr. Romano by March 1, 2010 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program Fee
$2500 
Program Fee covers international airfare (based on reasonable coach class fare for period of project), local room and board, local transportation, and local excursions during project. Program Fee does NOT cover costs for student's passport or visa (may be required for non-U.S. students), medical insurance, or incidental expenses. Some fellowships are available (inquiries should be sent to Dr. Romano).

Within the ancient Greek region of Arcadia in the southern Peloponnesos, the sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion stands out for its great fame, mysterious rituals and wide-ranging significance. This site, located on the modern-day mountain of Agios Elias, held fascination for the ancient Greeks and has continued to be important for modern-day scholars of archaeology, classics, and Greek religion. The research program, co-sponsored by the Greek Archaeological Service under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, seeks to answer questions about the origins of Greek cult of Zeus and the origins of Greek athletics. The summer 2010 field season at the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion will have three major aspects : excavation, architectural documentation and topographical survey in addition to ongoing geological, geophysical and historical surveys.

For more information visit Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies website.

Additional project information available at www.lykaionexcavation.org/


ANTH 250/550 Global Archaeology Field Project
Special session course, 1 course unit

TuscanySection 951 Italy
Excavating Dark Age Tuscany
Dr. Richard Hodges, Director
Dr. Michelle Hobart (Cooper Union), Co-director

July 3 - 31, 2010
Maximum enrollment: 15
Open to students who have completed a year of university study.

To Register
Contact Dr. Hodges by March 1, 2010 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program Fee
$2650
Program Fee covers local room and board, local transportation, and local excursions during field project. Program Fee does NOT cover costs for student's airfare, passport or visa (if required), medical insurance, or incidental expenses. Some fellowships are available; inquiries should be sent to Instructor.

Little is known about the small monasteries in Latin Christendom from the 7th to the 10th centuries. Were these modest versions of the large monastic houses or forerunners of the pieve, community churches? How did these settlements function within a landscape of small, nucleated villages? This project aims to carefully document one such monastery, San Pietro d’Asso, to attempt to answer these questions. San Pietro was a royal foundation and subject of dispute between the bishops of Arezzo and Siena. Founded by King Aripert I around AD 643, it is situated just west of the Via Cassia, a key pilgrimage route. The present hilltop site includes stone architecture, and is covered with abundant 10th century artifacts. Below the hill, close to the Asso river, lie the remains of a Roman settlement. Students will learn archaeological field methods through hands-on work at two sites: the bishop's complex at Pava in San Giovanni d'Asso and the hilltop site of San Pietro d'Asso. The initial field season of research will include a geophysical survey of the hilltop to establish the density of occupation as well as the collection and study of the surface artifacts and ceramics. Preparations will be made for excavation of hilltop structures, in search of fortifications and stratified artifact deposits.

For more information visit Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies website.

Additional project information available from the project co-director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


ANTH 219/719 Historical Archaeology Field Project
Fall Semester, College and CPLS - 1 course unit

South Jersey Project
Robert L. Schuyler, Director
Open to all Penn students (undergraduate and graduate); no previous background required
Limited enrollment

 

To Register
Contact Robert L. Schuyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sponsors
Anthropology Department, Penn Museum and The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society

Program Fee
No extra fees

The South Jersey Project is the only opportunity at Penn for students to directly participate in actual archaeological excavations during the academic year (Fall Semesters). The South Jersey Project is exploring the historic town of Vineland in upper Cumberland County, New Jersey. Vineland was established in 1861 as a planned supply center (stores, churches, schools and homes) for a large, newly opened agricultural region set up in the Pine Barrens. During the Victorian Period it was successfully settled and then went on in the 20th century to become (in its municipal boundaries) the largest city in the state. Since 2001 Penn students have been exploring the backyards of historic homes inside the town center. Read more about the South Jersey Project

Students take one of two sections offered (all day Friday or all day Saturday) and are taken out from campus and back for field work. Transportation and all equipment are supplied, students only have to bring themselves and lunch.


ANTH 220/720 Historical Archaeology Project Laboratory
Spring Semesters  CPLS - 1 credit unit

South Jersey Project
Robert L. Schuyler, Director
Several 3-hour sections offered on Fridays and Saturdays at the Penn Museum (Lab Room 329)
Open to all Penn students (undergraduate and graduate).
No background required. Students do not have to take Anth 291/719 first.

To Register
No “Instructor’s Permit” needed

Program Fee
No extra laboratory fees

Students work in the Archaeology Teaching Lab (Room 329 Penn Museum) on materials previously recovered from excavations in Vineland, New Jersey. Three-hour sections on Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon are open. Read more about the South Jersey Project


ANTH 247/747 Summer Historical Archaeology Laboratory
Summer 12-Week Session,  CLPS - 1 credit unit
 
South Jersey Project
Robert L. Schuyler, Director
Two Saturday sections (9-12:00 and 1:00-4:00)
Open to all Penn students (undergraduate and graduate).
No back ground required. Students do not have to take Anth 219/719 or 220/720 first.
 
 
To Register
No “Instructor’s Permit” needed
 
 
Program Fee
No extra laboratory fees

Students work in the Archaeology Teaching Lab (Room 329 Penn Museum) both on archaeological materials recovered from South Jersey Project excavations and on documentary collections (primary archival materials) related to Vineland, Cumberland County, and Southern New Jersey. Read more about the South Jersey Project

 

 

 

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