Mysteries of Çatalhöyük

October 21st, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 21, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SMM: Mysteries of Çatalhöyük

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental guidance)

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this kid-friendly interactive exhibit of an archaeological dig site in central Turkey called Çatalhöyük (look for the audio pronunciation on the “introduction” page).

Join a team of international archaeologists and through free, multi-media activities virtually excavate and explore the site to learn more about the Neolithic Period (aka the new Stone Age), when people began abandoning hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settle in communities, grow crops, and raise animals.

As explained at the website, “The excavations began in the 1960s headed by a British archaeologist named James Mellaart but were stopped due to the technical inability at that time to adequately preserve the findings. The dig restarted in the 1990s and will continue into the second decade of the 21st century!”

When you get to the site you’ll see a cartoonish drawing of an excavation site with an invitation to try one of the many activities. Use the menu to explore the site that includes:

*Introduction – Read about the project and watch QuickTime Movies of the project director conducting a Q&A about Çatalhöyük. Access a Glossary, Timeline, Maps, and additional Links and Resources.

*Activities – If you do nothing else, check these out! Your family will learn a lot and have fun too as you:

  • Make a virtual Neolithic dinner
  • Play an excavation game
  • Explore a home a Çatalhöyük
  • Read online comic books about what’s been unearthed at the dig site including skeletal remains, daggers, and owl pellets.
  • Get instructions for fun activities you can try at home such as painting a mural, restoring a postcard, or making clay balls.

*Mysteries – Discover the answers to questions about what the murals mean, why the dead were buried in the floor, what people ate for dinner and more.

*Artifacts – Take a virtual look at what has been excavated including artwork, pottery, figurines, stone tools, human remains and animal bones.

*Processes – Learn more about life at the dig site, watch a video of an actual excavation project, learn about micromorphology, zooarchaeology, paleoenvironment, paleobotany and more!

*Tours – Take virtual tours of the Çatalhöyük dig site and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

This is an incredible educational website for learning more about ancient history and modern science.

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