Mesopotamia: Journey to the City

by  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: $150.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

You will be contacted by our Outreach Programs Manager directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check. This 15-minute test call is scheduled one week prior your first virtual visit and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating institution

Cost: (30 students per workshop)
• $150.00 for each Virtual Workshop

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

• Submit a virtual program request form by November 1 to receive $50 off your order
• Able to assist Title 1 schools that need full or participial sponsorship for virtual visits


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

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

Based on Group Size: 1-30 participants are recognized as one group

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Foreign/World Languages, Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Religion, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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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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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

1. Submit all cancellations in writing at least two weeks in advance.
• Send cancellations to outreach@pennmuseum.org. Include “Cancellation” in the subject line of the email.
• Phone messages will not be accepted to cancel a trip.
• Cancellation is only complete when you receive confirmation from the Penn Museum.
2. Cancellations made two weeks or more in advance will receive a full refund of the deposit.
3. No contact and repetitive late cancellations may result in a school’s inability to book future visits.

About This Provider

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects
and powerful stories that emerge from its excavations and research
across the world.

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the
Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the
pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native
American communities today.

Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of
our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human

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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

State Standards

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