The treasures had been in the tomb in Thebes for about 3000 years

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The treasures had been in the tomb in Thebes for about 3000 years.

‘No labourer would be expected to work without pay , yet Lord Carnarvon worked 16 years without compensation , and moreover he spent out of his own pocket’ London Times

Just before they found the tomb Lord Carnarvon told Carter this would be the very last dig he would pay for. It was too expensive.

Lord Carnarvon’s money went to pay 100 Egyptians who helped Howard Carter at the dig.

The discovery helped make Egypt a major tourist destination.

A group of Egyptian women came to the tomb and protested that Tutankhamen was one of their ancestors and the treasures should not be removed.

The treasures should be brought to London where they could be displayed in a bigger museum than the one in Cairo and more tourists could see the treasures.

The treasures were placed in Tutankhamen’s tomb to protect and help the pharaoh on his journey to the next world.

When Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon found the tomb they were supposed to wait for the arrival of the Egyptian officials before entering and investigating. They did not. They caused damage in the process.

Howard Carter and his team were grave robbers. They should have left Tutankhamen in peace.

There were many foreign archaeological digs in Egypt at the time, from France, the U.S. Germany, Austria and the U.K.

Excavating the tomb was a violation of the sanctity of the dead.

Lord Carnarvon did not excavate i the hills in Wales where his ancestors were buried.

The museum in London is free.

Howard Carter did all the work and he thought the treasures should stay in Egypt.

Lord Carnarvon was a very wealthy man. Excavating in Egypt was just a hobby for him.

We learn about the past from archaeology.

The Egyptian government charged a fee to archaeologists to dig in their country

Resources for this activity :

Groups of 3 or 4 .

Task card as above for each group.

Envelope for each group with the above statements cut up.

Pictures of the trasures . [We have lovely set from tomb activity]

Trainers notes :
When the children are working as historians they are developing historical thinking skills and the purpose of this activity is to develop the skill of Empathy.

  • Imagine and discuss the feelings and motives of people in the past.

  • Discuss how an event in the past may have been perceived by those who participated in it.

S.E.S.E History C. page 61.
What other skills being developed through this activity ?
A picture of Tutankhamen could be placed on the [Yeats] time line

With a caption stating this was when the tomb was discovered.

If we wanted to show when Tutankhamen lived where would we place the picture ?

When was B.C.? ? When was A.D.? Where would we put this Christmas card that shows the birth of Christ?

Time and Chronology

  • Record people and events in the past using a variety of simple timelines.

  • Use words, phrases and conventions associated with the recording of dates and time such as B.C, A.D.

S.E.S.E. History p.60
The use of appropriate timelines is an objective we see again and again through out the curriculum . It is referred to at all levels and is the final objective in most strands.

How the activity might run:
Ask the participants to decide themselves how they will organise the activity , and as they are doing the activity to think about how they would adapt it for the class they have this year.
Allow about 10 minutes for discussion
Firstly get feedback on the group decision

Where did you decide the treasures should be kept?

Does every one agree?

Did any group come to a different decision?

Now ask reporters to briefly comment on

Where are the treasures now?
Tutankhamen’s mummy is back in the tomb at Thebes.

Other treasures are housed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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