Lesson: The Emergence
Description: Three to five thousand years ago, many groups of people lived in the Mediterranean area of the world and created the first traditions that can be traced to western culture. These cultures and this part of the world have been called the "Cradle of Civilization." Does each group qualify to be a civilization? When do a group of people become a civilization? Who decides what elements constitute a civilization? Is civilization a good thing to achieve?
This lesson provides two online activities to explore the emergence of civilization. The first is an introduction to analyzing objects and what they can tell us about a culture. The second asks the students to organize ancient Near Eastern objects into an "exhibition" about the elements of a civilization.
Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Curriculum: Social Studies, Global Studies; Ancient World History; Anthropology; Art History
Estimated Time: 2 class periods
© Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and Dallas Museum of Art
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