Emit and Llatiwonk take off

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Whoops! I hope you don’t mind having a teacher who is out of the loop. Imagine that – I decide that I’ll give you your first test on a day when you’re all on camp. If you hadn’t kindly told me, picture the lonely classroom, the blank test papers…Well, honestly. I’m changing the date to Thursday 4 March. That way I can correct your tests over the long weekend. I wouldn’t want to spend too much time relaxing. My brain might become even more addled.

Now that you have your assignment sheet and are rocketing off with Emit and Llatiwonk, here are some internet links to help you find information. Of course you could find them on your own, but this will make your life easier, with any luck. And don’t forget to beat a path to your nearest public library. Where else can you go and check out an unlimited number of books and have people smile and wave at you?

Keep in mind that Emit is keen, curious and questioning. He can be wild and rash, take risks and do crazy things in his search for knowledge. Llatiwonk, on the other hand, is rational, careful and thorough. Who do you think is more like you? (You can do some self-analysis and leave an answer to this question in a comment if you like.)

Begin your adventure by looking at some of these sites on ancient Egypt…

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here 

Read about the power of the Pharaohs hereEgyptian figure by Edy      Edy’s Egyptian figure (7F 09) 

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Convert your name to hieroglyphs here

Click on this link to find out more about the Nile River:

http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/river-nile-facts.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/nile_01.shtml (for serious readers only!)

Farming in Egypt today JB

This photo and the one in the header were taken by John Bayley, a friend who could easily get a job with National Geographic but instead lets me use his photos to my heart’s content without any monetary reward.

Peasants

Sources suggest that peasant farmers made up about 80% of Egypt’s population. The most likely way to raise one’s status was through learning to write, but this would not have been easy for many peasant farmers to do. They had many other onerous tasks and they paid a very substantial proportion of their grain in tax – some sources suggest over half.

Here are some links about the lives of peasants:

http://www.egyptologyonline.com/Work%20&%20Trade.htm

http://www.egyptologyonline.com/Work%20&%20Trade.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1624_story_of_africa/page89.shtml (This site explains that it was peasant farmers rather than slaves who were responsible for the great monuments of ancient Egypt.)

 For a detailed account of how the ancient Egyptians made beer and bread, go to:

http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/egypt/dailylife/breadmaking.htm

To read about Hatshepsut, a rare woman pharaoh, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/hatshepsut_01.shtml

To read about the rights of Egyptian women, go to:

http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/form6.html

In order to compare Egyptian women’s rights to those of the ancient Greeks: http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/womneg.htm

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6 Replies to “Emit and Llatiwonk take off”

  1. Yes, it was a bartering economy, Rachel, though some coins were introduced in the last 500 years BC. No one in the world had coins before about 700BC, if I remember correctly. In earlier times they used the necessities of life for barter (bread, wheat, barley, beer, etc.). You can find many sources about how this system worked on the internet, but I might see if I can find you a description in a library book later this week.
    See you soon – Ms Green

  2. The paintings in the tombs often showed scenes of everyday life, possibly in order to ensure that the dead person could once again have such experiences in the afterlife. They were also decorative and beautiful. I cannot claim to have any specific knowledge of the paintings in Tutankhamen’s tomb, Kirthika. I shall look that up when I return home from my holiday tomorrow. Hope you’re having a great holiday yourself.

  3. Well, I haven’t specified, Kirthika. I have given A+ for 4 typed pages – and that included pictures. Aim for quality rather than quantity but be certain to answer all the questions and cover all the topics on the assignment sheet, especially the conclusion questions, which help me to decide whether to give an A or an A+. I hope this information helps you. The back of the assignment sheet might also be helpful – you know, the page with columns and rows and descriptions of how you can do brilliantly.

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