Friday, March 11, 2011

SOTW Chapter 5: The First Sumerian Dictator

I'm working on going back and blogging about our SOTW activities and experiences.  I meant to do it as we went along, but that didn't happen, so here we go!

Chapter 5 jumps from Egypt back to Mesopotamia to cover the rise of the Akkadian Empire, the first (or at least one of the first) major empire.

Our hands-on project for this chapter was making a Sumerian seal.

First, he carved a design into a circle of clay and let it dry.

Here, he has just pressed his dry seal into wet clay to make an impression.

Rolling out more clay for another impression

Impression (left) and seal (right) side-by-side

He poked a hole in the impression and painted it to make a pendant.

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