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Wrapping up the Egyptian Archaeology Project: Engaging Students in Learning is Messy Work, part 5

This week I will share part four of the Egyptian Project. If you missed the introduction to this project, you can find it here. Part two described the research and creation of Egyptian artifacts is available here. Part three, which describes the actual mummification of a chicken, is here. Information on the Archaeologist’s Journal can be found here.


Students will write a two-to-three-page, article for submission to a magazine, like National Geographic, to announce your discovery. You may write it in the form of an interview or from the perspective of a reporter.

Be sure to provide your final conclusions clearly describing what your artifact is and what purpose it served in Egyptian culture and burial rites.

Include a photo of your artifact in your article.

Give your article a title that will pique interest and entice people to want to read the article.

Cite all sources used in your research for this entire project, using correct MLA format.

Following is a copy of the rubric I used to grade this project. Feel free to use it as is or modify it to fit your own needs.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this project. It was one of those projects I looked forward to implementing each year and I was also happy when it was over! It was certainly a memorable project for my students.

If any of you have any questions about this project, I would love to answer them. Just shoot me an email at

If any of you decide to implement this project in your own classes, I would love to hear about it!

On another note, I have decided that with all the things going on in our business just now, I must let some things go. So, going forward, I will only send out a publisher newsletter once or twice a month.

So, as we approach the end of the school year, I wish you all a productive semester wrap-up! I will reach out again in June.

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