Walking in an Anthropologist’s Shoes!
An Anthropological Study of Ancient Egypt
“Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.”
Anthropology is the study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of human beings.
Anthropologists examine, analyze, report on, and compare different cultures and how they grow, develop, and interact. How people live offers insights into modern life and how significantly we have changed and how similar we are in our basic systems of interaction. Anthropologists can travel to exotic lands and spend time in primitive conditions or work in developed countries.
This unit is designed around the idea that there are a group of people in the world who study human civilizations, anthropologists. These anthropologists look at how communities develop and sustain themselves as a collection of interdependent systems. The ancient Egyptian civilization is the training ground for my classroom of young anthropologists to apply their skills of evaluating a community’s many facets (i.e. agriculture, economics, language, leadership). The students will become very unique anthropologists as they travel through time to this ancient culture. Before my students start their trip they will learn how an anthropologist crafts their trade. Then they will voyage back in time and become an actual anthropologist and walk in their shoes. In the end, their understanding will be broadened by comparing the ancient Egyptian civilization with aspects of their own lives and communities.