Explore the rich heritage of the Ancient Greeks through the Archaeo-Box. Packed with artefacts exploring mythology, entertainment, games and much more. This set will help children discover who the Greeks were by undertaking their own investigation. Set includes brush and trowel set.
Here's how to create your own archaeological dig!
· Bury the artefacts in a pre-determined spot
· Set up an excavation
· Remove the soil layer by layer
· Sift out the soil with a sieve
· Brush away the dirt from the artefacts
· Put all the items in a container
· Note down the findings, not loads of details, just item, date found, where found and size
· A more detailed sheet can be filled in during the next lesson, material, colour, period and what it was used for
· Draw the artefacts or take photos
· Split the artefacts between groups and then get the groups to research their item and present back what they have found out to the rest of the class
A hydria is a type of Greek pottery used for carrying water. The hydria has three handles. Two horizontal handles on either side of the body of the pot were used for lifting and carrying the pot. The third handle, a vertical one, located in the centre of the other two handles, was used when pouring water. They often depicted scenes of Greek mythology that reflected moral and social obligations.
The history of Ancient Greek coinage can be divided (along with most other Greek art forms) into three periods, the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic. The Archaic period extends from the introduction of coinage to the Greek world in about 600 BCE until the Persian Wars in about 480 BCE. The Classical period then began, and lasted until the conquests of Alexander the Greatin about 330 BCE, which began the Hellenistic period, extending until the Roman absorption of the Greek world in the 1st century BCE. The Greek cities continued to produce their own coins for several more centuries under Roman rule. The coins produced during this period are called Roman provincial coins or Greek Imperial Coins.
Greek theatrical masks were worn by Ancient Greek theatrical performers during their performances. The only members of the troupe that did not where masks were the flute players that provided musical accompaniment. The reasons that Greek theatrical masks were worn by the actors of ancient Greek plays included things like visibility. Because the plays were often performed in large outdoor amphitheatres, it was difficult to see the details of the actor's face.
Greek Oil Lamp
The ancient Greeks also used oil lamps in death ritual and other religious ceremonies. For centuries the oil lamp has served Man in the practical needs of daily life, remaining a constant reminder of his connection to the sacred.
Greek Spinning Top
A classic toy that has evolved in design and endured for hundreds of years.
Replica sandals that would have been worn by men of all ages in Ancient Greece.
Awarded to the winners of the Olympic games, before medals came along!
Wax Tablets and Styli
An interesting tool that was used long before the advent of paper! The ancient Greeks would have written in the tablet with the pointed end of the styli and scraped away the message with the flat end to write more, a very long and laborious method! Ask the children to write their names so they can appreciate how difficult this must have been.
12 Nov 2014
"But why such a huge box for small things. Also there was no list of what I would get so I don't know if everything that should be there is there, for example there was a box in it with nothing in it except for packing paper and only one sandal...surely you could at least have put a pair in?"
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