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Mesopotamia: Journey to the City

from Penn Museum

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Vividly explore the ‘cradle of civilization’ through artifacts from the
earliest settlements, temples, and royal tombs. Learn how ancient
Mesopotamian societal practices gave rise to the world’s first cities
through investigation of Penn’s archaeological digs in the Middle East.
Investigate some of Mesopotamia’s innovations: the writing system, law
code, and professionalization of labor. Through interactive
conversations, students discover how these ancient cities, in many ways,
are not very different from their own.

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

Pricing is based on Class Size:
1-30 students are recognized as one class
30-60 students are recognized as two classes
60-90 students are recognized as three classes


60 minutes (Able to be adjusted to fit your regular class period)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 for optimal experience

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Available Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST) with a minimum of three weeks notice.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable. Cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery.

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Program Details


*A worksheet is provided for students to complete during their virtual visit

1. Brief introduction to the Penn Museum fields of study (Archaeology & Anthropology)
2. Accompany worksheet and goals of program introduced to the group
4. Emerging Cities (Hunter Gathers to Specialized Labor)
Prompts: Real expedition photos, ancient artifacts, and game-based activity

5. The Great City of Ur (Rise of Independent City-States)
Prompts: Field notes, ancient royal tombs, burial objects and human remains

6. Era of Empires (Implications of Innovations)
Prompts: cuneiform clay tablets, ancient writing activity, and close study of Assyrian Relief

7. Conclusion (Then vs. Now)
Prompts: Modern connections made by group members on worksheet


Essential Question:
How will close study of Mesopotamian artifacts reveal the development of the first cities and draw connection to modern society?

Learning Objectives: Students will...
-Strengthen their observation skills through analysis of Mesopotamian objects
- Identify advancements in society, communication, and technology
-Draw connection between the first cities and modern cities

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core:

National Standards for Social Studies Teachers:
-Individual Development and Identity
-People, Places, and Environments

21st century skills
-Learning and Innovation Skills
-Information, Media and Technology Skills