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How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects they used to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life? These are some of the questions we will discuss while students learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: A museum teacher will lead the first 30 minutes of the session in the World Archaeology Gallery (second floor). The session will focus on part of a monument from the World Heritage site of Quiriguá. The students will then be divided into two groups. One group will go to the World Anthropology Gallery (first floor) to complete a self-guided activity inspired by objects from Mexico and the Amazon. The other group will stay on the second floor to take part in a multisensory handling session that includes objects such as obsidian and smells such as copal. After 30 minutes the groups will swap and will finish the visit with short plenary session. 

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All Seasons.

Find out more on the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology website.

“Many pupils commented on how fascinating they found the session and enjoyed the ‘hands on’ experience”.

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