Next Stop Ancient Egypt

The entire seventh grade spent a whole day at the met but it wasn’t your typical tour through the extensive collections and wings that take up more than 2,000,000 square feet. Rather, on Wednesday, October 5, the students and their chaperones, Mr. Tull, Ms. Lopez, Mr. Dows and Ms. Ferrentino, spent the entire time in the Egyptian Art department and Sackler Wing. They looked at the Mastaba Tomb of Perneb, as well as jewelry, weaponry, and pottery tying into the first quarter of their study of ancient and medieval history. They saw models of Egyptian means of travel, examples of daily life and the role of women, as well as an actual temple gifted to the United States by Egypt when Lake Nasser, created in 1970 by the building of the Aswan High Dam, would have submerged the Temple of Dendur forever.

The design of this particular field trip encouraged students to look more closely at the artifacts before them, to search for interesting details and analyze what they may mean. For instance, students were asked to observe a particular statue of a married couple sitting side by side and asked to located the hands of the wife. Upon looking, they noticed that while one hand was easily identifiable in her lap, the other was resting on the shoulder of her husband. Students had to use the lessons they’ve learned in school and their own knowledge to deduce possible meanings for this detail, just like the archaeologists who spent years studying the statue. All in all it was a very educational excursion that also turned out to be quite a bit of good fun.

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