Tutankhamun offers basic information about the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Sections on the web site include: Life and Times, The Cause of Death, Tutankhamun's Funeral, Tutankhamun's Tomb, Tutankhamun's Treasures, and The Mummy's Curse.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The primary learning goal is to establish the context in which Tutankhamun lived in order to understand the evidence left of his life. Secondary goals are to enable students to investigate the archaeological evidence of Tutankhamun's life and death which is exceptional and to apply this informtion to understanding the New Kingdom of Egypt
Target Student Population:
High School, Community College, University freshmen
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some knowledge about ancient Egypt's government and religion is helpful. Students should have basic knowledge about the computer and operation of the mouse.
This is an engaging site and works effectively for lower division college courses and high school students. The site's reading of Tutankhamun's life is not exactly nuanced, but it is extremely informative and correct. The Main Menu provides links to additional information on Egypt, e.g. geography, architecture, government, writing, religion, daily life, sciences, and a glossary.
The module tends to avoid controversy and glosses over difficult information. This is fine for high school students learning the basics about Ancient Egypt. This approach may be too simplistic for university students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is highly interactive and serves as a great reference site because of the links to other internet sites. The instructor has the option to focus on just Tutankhamun or use this pharaoh as a lead in to a broader knowledge about Ancient Egypt.
For university students this site lacks a more investigative and argumentative approach which would provide a more balanced look at Tutankhamun. This site is a reductionist history of a textbook type with a few interesting tidbits added in.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
There are a hugh number of links to other sites, all of which worked. Some pages are almost solidly purple with hyperlinks. Graphics are not flashy but are well done. Check for needed plug ins.
Sometimes the links took the user outside the website without the ability to easily return to the site.
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