Ancient History – Term 1 – Tutankhamun’s tomb – Yr 11 preliminary

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Ancient History – Term 1 – Tutankhamun’s tomb – Yr 11 preliminary

Principal Focus: Through case studies, students explore the various ways historians and archaeologists investigate record and construct the past, the types of questions they ask about the past, the issues they raise and the explanations they give. Students are expected to question, analyse and interpret archaeological and written sources, generate hypotheses and weigh up contemporary theories and explanations on the basis of the available evidence.

Approximate Time: 4 lesson - 4 hrs per wk

Targeted outcomes : P1.1, P2.1, P3.1, P3.2, P3.3, P3.4, P3.5, P3.6

Wk1- half wk 2

Half wk 2 – half wk 4

Half wk 4 – wk 5

Wk 6 –half wk 7

Half wk 7-wk9



• Its discovery and excavation by Howard Carter

Key concepts



• Consideration of the following aspects of the tomb and what they suggest about Egypt at the time of Tutankhamun: size and structure, burial furniture, possessions, decorations, afterlife

Key concepts




Tomb size

Valley of the kings

• Details of burial customs – mummification, funeral procession and burial
Key concepts



Valley of the kings

Funeral procession

• Tomb paintings and the information they provide about burial: deities, and funerary beliefs

and practices

Key concepts


Tomb decorations

Funerary beliefs



•Archaeological/written evidence of the uniqueness of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Eighteenth Dynasty
Key concepts

Archaeological evidence



• Tutankhamun and popular culture

Key concepts

Pop culture

Teaching and learning activities


Think pair share activity :

given topics enabling them to formulate individual ideas and share these ideas with another student


Film on discovery

Website/ Howard carter journals :

Tutankhamun excavation photographs

The virtual site study of Tutankhamun’s tomb assesses the students’ ability to extract information from secondary sources, and to analyse them using historical inquiry and their own process of critical thinking.

Virtual study activity

Worksheet/ question

Film : king tut unwrapped

Video clip : interview with dr Zahi hawass

Questions – from film

Powerpoint presentation / questions : PowerPoint presentation about the mummifications process, deities and funerary belief

Analyzing artifacts

Source analysis task –

Group work : students in groups each with different topic

Youtube clip – lecture from MOMA museum on art and artefacts found in tutankhamun’s tomb

Short youtube clip

Source based activity

Artifact Investigation :

Analyze artifacts to discover details about the king and understand ancient Egyptian cultural beliefs around death and the afterlife

Class discussion

Youtube clip:

Tutankhamun’s influence on pop culture


Tutankhamun’s curse


Images of tutankhamuns tomb discovery

Howard Cater diary entries

Film : BBC Egypt Rediscovering a Lost World


'The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen' by Howard Carter and A.C. Mace. Published by Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1977.

Virtual study


The complete Tutankhamun : the king, the tomb, the royal treasure / by Nicholas Reeves; foreword by the seventh Earl of Carnarvon.

Video : Interview with Dr Zahi Hawass

On Discovery Channel's "Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries," discover the method behind mummification and why the Ancient Egyptians used it in their culture.

Film :King tut unwrapped

Tutankhamun funeral inforatiom/ arefacts



'Tutankhamen', by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt,

Youtube clip: Recent Research in Egyptian Art: Behind the Mask of Tutankhamun


Youtube clip



The golden age of Tutankhamun : divine might and splendor in the New Kingdom / Zahi Hawass.

Youtube clip

Film :

The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb Trailer (2006)


'Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs', edited by Regine Schulz and Matthias Seidel. published by h.f.ullman, published 2007

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