Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ancient Greece History Co-op - Week 3 - Mycenaeans

Week 3: We made Masks of Agamemnon.

The Mycenaeans were the head of the Greek Empire after the Minoans. From 1900 bc to 1100 bc, this is the time period of the Odysseus and the Trojan War. The dead were buried in mounds with necessary items for the afterlife similarly to the Ancient Egyptians, Chinese and other ancient people. When this golden mask for a dead king was found, it was originally believed to have belonged to King Agamemnon. It was later proved to have come from a time period even before, but is still referred to as the Mask of Agamemnon.

Mycenaeans: The Civilization of Heros - This 24 minute video explains the history, important cities and artifacts of the Mycenaeans.

First the kids pressed a sheet of aluminum foil around their faces.

Next a large clump of dough was placed on top of a bowl.

The foil was put on top of the dough and bow. Then the kids used their fingers and smooth objects such as the rounded back end of a pen to further form the facial features into the foil.


They further enhanced their masks with permanent marker.

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3 comments:

  1. I love how you did this. What a cool idea!

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  2. How cool! Thanks for linking up!

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  3. I just had my kids watch this video today as an introduction to this period. We are getting ready to read the Iliad and the Odyssey book. Thanks for the link and I am glad I remembered you posting it:)

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