Ancient Egypt

Grade Level: Grade 4 through High School
Social Studies Standards:
g3-4 1,4,9
g5-6 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 15
g7-8 1, 4, 9, 15
g9-10 1, 4, 9, 4
g11-12 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 11

Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2; 1.4

For the younger grades, please take into consideration that there are human mummies in this exhibit.

Description: Yale University’s extensive collections provide a framework for understanding the lives of Egyptians who lived 3,000 years ago. The artifacts on exhibit in Daily Life in Ancient Egypt include canopic jars, everyday utensils such as a mirror and make-up jars, animal mummies and ceremonial items. Of the 2 human mummies on display; one is 5,000 years old and was naturally mummified. An X-ray study of the other, a wrapped mummy, surprised researchers with evidence that he had been murdered. This fascinating topic provides an enthralling program for students.

Photo/Image (top): This predynastic burial of a woman with its grave goods dates to around 3500 to 3200 B.C. The body has been naturally mummified by the dry, sandy environment of the Jebel ’Ain area of Egypt where the burial was found.