Lesson: The Emergence
Introduction and Overview:
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?
Let's examine some of the art and artifacts produced in the ancient Near East to analyze what these sources tell us about these early cultures and the emergence of civilization around the Mediterranean.
You can use careful observation to examine objects and learn about their cultures. Before you start to analyze ancient objects, you can begin with everyday objects in our world. We have developed an activity to introduce you to some tools and observation skills for "reading" an object. Your teacher may bring in some objects to examine in your class or use this online activity.
"The Articulate Object"
We have selected several objects from our Museums' collections for you to research and install in your exhibition. You will find more detailed instructions in the activity.
Select each of the topics below to create your exhibition.
After completing the activity, present your exhibition to your classmates.
© Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and Dallas Museum of Art
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