viernes, 1 de junio de 2012

The British Museum: Mesopotamia



The British Museum site includes interesting images, simulations, and other resources to make the study of Ancient Mesopotamia enticing for students. Topics include Georgraphy; Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters; Time; and Writing. The Geography section includes a zoomable map and an illustrated story of Gilgamesh. The Gods and Godesses section includes a comparison of gods, goddesses, demons and monsters of Mesopotamia, an illustrated story about gods and godesses, and a challenge game to "get the gods" using a cuneiform tablet. The Time section includes a Mesopotamia timeline and a story of how the history, languages and culture of the peoples of Mesopotamia were rediscovered in the last two centuries. The section also includes Shockwave-generated challenge to figure out how the objects archaeologists find get under the ground. The Writing section explores how scribes worked and recorded information and presents the story of how one cuneiform symbol evolved. The challenge activity prompts students to put together a broken ancient tablet. Overall, a great introduction to ancient Mesopotamia for kids, though the hyperlinked stories design and multimedia are not as fresh and enticing as what can be found at some other sites aimed at children.

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