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Riddles of the Sphinx
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Riddles of the Sphinx (Video)
Watch what happens as archeologist Richard Redding and stonemason Fahi Mohammed, who has worked at Giza since he was a boy, team up to carve a mini-Sphinx. (Chapters 3-4, approx. 18 min.)


Excavating the Lost City (Interview)
Egyptologist Mark Lehner describes the lives of the pyramid-builders, as revealed in his ongoing excavation at Giza.


Meet the Team (Interactive)
NOVA has recreated other ancient structures. Explore the roles of a stonemason, archeologist, quarry workers, and engineers in the attempt to raise an obelisk.


Secrets of Lost Empires I (Lesson)
Recreating models of ancient structures requires knowledge of the resources and tools available to ancient builders. Explore different theories of how several ancient structures were built and the evidence used to support each, then look at the relationship between science and technology.

Curriculum Connections
Archaeology, evidence, drawing conclusions, ancient technology, science, engineering

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard E: Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: History of science, Science as a human endeavor

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard E: Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Historical perspectives, Science as a human endeavor



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Cutting Granite with Sand (Interactive)
See how ancient Egyptian quarrymen and stonemasons quarried and drilled holes in granite.

Curriculum Connections
Stone carving, ancient Egypt, levers, force, bronze and cooper tools, Egyptian architecture and engineering

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard B: Physical Science: Motions and forces
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: History of science, Science as a human endeavor

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard B: Physical Science: Motions and forces
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Historical perspectives



   

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