|Checking out a real atlatl|
|Sifting through the soil for artifacts|
|Getting our hands a little dirty|
Tuesday, was our first trip to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology! We took a tour of the museum's exhibit on Egypt and got to ask lots of questions. Then, we learned all about mummification. We were able to go through the entire process of how the Egyptians prepared their mummies and learned about the significance of each process or artifact entombed with them.
|Sacred scarab beetles that were placed over a mummy's heart|
Wednesday, campers learned even more about ancient Egypt. Counselors gave a presentation on King Tutankhamen and the significance of the pyramid to the ancient Egyptians. We then got an up close at the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx online and drew our own interpretations of these colossal architectural feats. We also got to make our own steles (pronounced stee-lays), or ancient Egyptians version of a tombstone. They are often found at the entrance of tombs and are covered in hieroglyphs talking about the person entombed there. We played several games that taught us about Egyptian culture and we tested our memory from Tuesday by virtually embalming a mummy.
|Drawing the Sphynx|
|Making a stele|
|Egyptian pull toys|
|Example of and ancient doll made with fabric scraps|
Friday, we learned about ancient art and forms of communication. We had a presentation on petroglpyhs and pictographs in the morning where campers learned the difference between the two and the importance of storytelling through pictures. Then we tried to unravel an ancient mystery by interpreting a a series of pictographs (ask your camper about what it represented). We created our own stories and the paint with which to tell them by grinding reddish stones and mixing the powder with water and painting pictographs onto paper "rock walls". Campers even got to create their own ancient art by designing a necklace with symbols that were important to them. All in all, a super week with some super campers!
|Making our medallions|
|Creating our own rock art|