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Building Pharaoh's Ship
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INVESTIGATE ANCIENT EGYTIANS AS SEAFARING PEOPLE
People never think about the Egyptians as seafaring people, but perhaps they should. Explore evidence of a journey across the Red Sea to the mysterious land of Punt.
Building Pharaoh's Ship (Video)
Watch what happens as a modern crew sails the replica vessel built to prove the Egyptians were in fact a seafaring people. (Chapter 7, approx. 6 min.; Program available after broadcast)


Anatomy of the Punt Ship (Interactive)
Click on parts of the reconstructed vessel and see how they compare to archeological finds.


The Expedition to Punt (Interactive)
Follow an Egyptian pharaoh's journey to the fabled land of Punt, as chronicled in an ancient wall carving.


Where Is Punt? (Article)
Despite heaps of evidence and decades of debate, scholars are not certain where or even what Punt was. Why?


Pharaoh's Boat (Solar Barque) (Interactive)
See the world's oldest planked vessel, discovered at the foot of the Great Pyramid.


Secrets of Ancient Navigation (Article)
Read about the secrets of ancient navigation by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Norsemen, Polynesians, and Chinese.


Lost at Sea—The Search for Longitude (Lesson)
Research and chart the shortest course to circumnavigate the globe.

Curriculum Connections
Navigation, circumnavigation, latitude, longitude, measurement, course charting

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor
Math Standards (Grades 6-8): Numbers and Operations, Measurement

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor
Math Standards: Numbers and Operations, Measurement



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Find Your Longitude (Lesson/Interactive)
Find your longitude while lost at sea using a chronometer (invented in 1759).

Curriculum Connections
Navigation, chronometer, latitude, longitude, Greenwich time, equinox, sextant

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor
Math Standards (Grades 6-8): Numbers and Operations, Measurement

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor
Math Standards: Numbers and Operations, Measurement



   

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