Welcome to the new Young Archaeologist Blog!!
This exciting blog will introduce you to the world of archaeology by taking you on a tour of archaeological sites around the world; by explaining what archaeology is; giving you an insight into what archaeologists actually do; and bring you up close to some of the amazing finds that have been discovered through the world of archaeology.
There will also be activities for you to do and other fun stuff too!!
The information contained within the blog will be in no set order, so you do not have to go back and view the very first ones and then try to catch up!! A search bar will make it easy for you to find what you are looking for if you are interested in a special place or find, or area of work an archaeologist does.
What is Archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of the past through the remains people have left behind – including themselves. It is the study of different societies and the places where they lived, of the materials they used and left behind. It is having a curiosity about the past and what we can learn from the people, their lives, the technology, and the processes they went through in their everyday lives.
Studying the past is done through the recovery and analysis of the remains which allows us to interpret their behaviour and understand why they did certain things and acted in certain ways. It is unravelling the mysteries, puzzles and riddles of the past. By using methods and specialised techniques of gathering and interpreting information we can build up a picture of how people in the past once lived.
A good archaeologist uses their mind, is not afraid of physical work and getting dirty, they are creative thinkers, ask lots of questions and are open minded. They are constantly learning, reassessing their ideas and beliefs, and assessing what they uncover – piecing together clues from the past.
The most famous and well known of all archaeological discoveries was by Howard Carter – the intact tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, a 14th century BC ruler of Egypt. His death mask is known the world over and totally awesome! The mask is made of solid gold and strips of Lapis lazuli, a natural coloured rock pigment.
To learn some awesome facts about Tutankhamun go to Ten Facts About Tutankhamun.
The Valley of the Kings is one of the most visited sites in Egypt. It is located south of Cairo, further up the Nile River at Thebes, the religious capital of the old New Kingdom1.
The Valley was used for about 500 years as the burial site of the Pharaohs and other elite people from the 16th to the 11th centuries BC. It is divided into two specific areas, the East Valley and the West Valley. In all there are 63 tombs; 26 tombs for kings and 37 for other members of the royal families, and other elite people of the time2. The East Valley holds the greatest number of tombs.
The Valley of the Kings Map
This map shows where the tombs are located within the Valley of the Kings. You can click on a fun interactive map at The Ancient Egypt Site and see which tomb belongs to which King or person!!
1 The Ancient Egypt Site, Monuments and Sites of Ancient Egypt, The Valley of the Kings, http://ancient-egypt.org/index.html
2 The Supreme Council of Antiquities, Sites, Valley of the Kings, http://www.sca-egypt.org/eng/SITE_VOK.htm
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