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Looking at Ancient Civilization through Objects

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
Teacher's guide on how to facilitate student investigation of archaeological remains. Includes examples of objects to use (Ancient Chinese oracle bones) and a handout on artifact analysis. Close reading strategy (most commonly applied to text) adapted here to analysis of cultural artifacts. Concept can be replicated for other artifacts and cultures.

Oracle bone

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed tortoise carapace ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery