Step into Mesopotamia by Lorna Oakes


Step into Mesopotamia by Lorna Oakes

This book includes 15 step-by-step projects, which enable children to recreate the past and learn through experience while having fun. The fascinating fact boxes provide extra insights and highlight links between the way the people in the region of Syria and Iraq lived long ago and their life in the present day. The illustrations include cross-sections, historical maps, building constructions and a pictorial time-line. It is packed with over 250 colour photographs and 50 artworks, which add a high degree of visual impact to aid learning and make information accessible at many different levels. Step back in time to explore the land between the Two Rivers, one of the most ancient of all civilisations. Investigate why the Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians were among the first to develop writing, mathematics and the science of astronomy. This is the perfect introduction to Mesopotamian history, people and their way of life - for school or home study, for reference and for practical learning. With themes such as Family, Food, Religion, Clothes, Weapons and Medicine, this book is stimulating, authoritative, accessible and fun to use, and the 15 step-by-step practical projects are the perfect way for children aged 8-to-12 years to learn about the lives of these fascinating peoples.

About the Author

Lorna Oakes lectures regularly at the British Museum and Birkbeck College, London University, and has led many lecture tours to Egypt and Syria. Her work with the Education Service at the British Museum has included producing trails and a teacher's guide on the Assyrian Galleries, taking part in the programme of gallery talks and lectures, and teaching school groups and theological college students. She has written a British Museum children's activity book, The Assyrians, and Teaching the Assyrians, a Historical Association booklet for teachers, at Key Stage 2 in the National Curriculum. She is the author of They Mysteries of Ancient Egypt and Sacred Sites of Ancient Egypt (both Lorenz Books) and Pyramids & Tombs of Ancient Egypt (Southwater).

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64 pages


Lorna Oakes
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Publication date

7th August 2006



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