Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
An enticing look at the ancient past of the Arabian Peninsula, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia features artworks—most of them recently excavated—that trace historic trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Mediterranean cultures in the north.
To expose students to terminology used by archaeologists and to heighten awareness of the rich discoveries in Afghanistan. Students make visual observations, write clear, succinct descriptions, form hypothesis on the function of the artwork, and investigate the influences of different cultures on art found along the Silk Road in Afghanistan.
This background information will help you prepare your students for their visit to Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (on view at the Asian Art Museum from October 24, 2014–January 18, 2015).
Students are able to study the history of ancient China through the eyes of modern archaeologists as they discover 6,000 years of Chinese regional arts and culture dating from 5,000 BCE to 1,000 CE. In presenting archaeology and recent excavations in China, teachers are also able to use many cross-curricular activities that incorporate visual arts, social sciences, sciences, mathematics, music, literature, world religions, and drama. The following activity is a visual arts and social science lesson based on the excavation of Prince Liu Sheng’s tomb.