Grade 7 History Class Pays a Call on the Ancient Egyptians

On Friday, October 12, the 7–1 Ancient History class walked through Central Park on a radiantly sunny autumn day to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The students and their teachers, Mr. Eric Tull, and Ms. Alexandra Gardiner split into groups and participated in a scavenger hunt through the Egyptian Art wing of the museum. With a packet of research tools provided by Mr. Tull, the students learned about the ways of life during the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms of ancient Egypt. Each group took turns visiting and observing each section, answering questions on topics that ranged from the advancement of tools and weapons to the roles of women, to the inscriptions in the tomb of Perneb.  In response to a pair of life-sized statues, Alejandro Antelo-Suarez exclaimed, “Finally!  People my size!”

Hugo Herscher and Max Wagenheim share their impressions of Egyptian stone weapons and tools.

The trip culminated at the magnificent Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of the museum. Students experienced firsthand the significance of the Egyptian deities, including Osiris, Bes, and Sakhmet, and how they were honored by the ancients. Along with an enhanced understanding of ancient Egypt, each 7th grader returned to York with his or her own memory of a morning spent in two of the most iconic places in New York City: Central Park and the Met.  When asked whether she enjoyed the trip, Mircia Cortez, who had never been to the museum before, said, “I loooved it!”

7th grader Mircia Cortez ponders the handiwork of the Neolithic Egyptians.