Pictures, maps, and text are offered to the visitor who can take a quick tour or choose full information about the archaeology projects in Luxor,Egypt. It is the intent of the working archaeologist for this Theban Project to provide continuing information for the layman and Egyptologists on a University of Cambridge fieldwork project in progress. The excavation of four tombs of ancient Egyptian officials at Luxor are described.
Type of Material:
A diverse body of material is offered. Included are descriptions of the tombs along with photographs, maps, supplemental information about the excavators, dig diaries, a history of the tombs, a bibliography for further reading, a glossary of terms, and general notes about ancient Egypt.
The material serves well as an ancillary resource on ancient Egypt or use in courses on world, western, and ancient history. Suggestions on integrating the information into a course are offered at two web sites: www.towerhamlets-clc.org.uk/egypt/egypthome.htm and www4.tpgi.com.au/suea/.
Quicktime software is needed and is offered on the site.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Tombs of the Nobles offers information on the tombs and their occupants. Tombs of the Nobles offers insight into the field of archaeology by understanding the lives of ancient peoples via the study of their remains. Specific objectives for using the site and/or instructions on how to use the site are not provided.
Target Student Population:
Middle School, High School, College survey and upper level courses on the history of ancient Egypt.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A general background in Egyptian history and the uses of archaeology in the study of history would be helpful. The site offers brief explanations about chronology and major events related to the tombs.
The material is well organized and allows students to encounter a variety of primary materials about Egyyptian history with the study of archaeological excavations. The site is accurate and professionally well done. The links were effective in directing the users to the Introduction/Where is the tomb?/Senneferi and his family/a brief history/Later Tomb reuse/ architecture/wall paintings/conservation/finds/dig diaries/publications/information/slide show.
The diversity and complexity of the material may be difficult for some students to understand on their own.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site offers students the advantage of first hand experiences of how archaeolgoists think the elite lived in ancient Egypt and how they arrived at these conclusions. The site offers a sense of immediacy and discovery a text book and secondary sources cannot provide.
The site's effectiveness will depend on the how the instructor guides students through the information. There are no specific learning objectives and the site's complexity may deter casual browsers. It is recommended that viewers approach the site via www.towerhamlets-clc.org.uk/egypt/egypthome.htm or www4.tpgi.com.au/suea/ which offer better learning tasks and navigational guidance.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Students who have mastered web navigation and mastering material on their own which benefit the most from the material.
There is a stylistic discrepancy between portions of the site. This is the result of material being added without a complete revision of the site. The overall complexity of the parts and divergent formats for each makes it difficult to achieve a clear sense of the whole site. There is some difficulty in navigating between pages.
Other Issues and Comments:
An excellent site for those with a basic understanding of ancient Egypt. Students will need assist from the instructor to gain the knowledge benefits the site offers.
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