An archaeological short story for all

Augustin's archaeologist friends, Alex and Lisa, appear for the first time in a science short story entitled "Archaeologists without borders". A short story that will delight young and old alike while helping them discover how archaeology is a lever for bringing people together and teaching tolerance..

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In The Daily Star's Outlook Magazine, PACE Director, Adel Yahya, reports on the work of Palestinian volunteers in preserving cultural heritage related to biblical history
© The Daily Star's Outlook Magazine, 2004

Archaeologists without borders
a short story on
tolerance and the applications of archaeology

Presentation of the short story

Summary of the story

Following a scientific meeting in Sweden, Norwegian archaeologist Ghattas Jeries Sayej, who is also part of the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange, contacts Alex and Lisa to invite them to participate in a very special mission. Despite the ongoing armed conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange needs people to lead a mission to study the site of Al-Jib, the biblical Gibeon, a city of ancient Israel, located north of Jerusalem, in the occupied territories. The mission does not end there. The archaeologists also have to make the population aware of their heritage so that they no longer use the remains as garbage cans. A wonderful opportunity for Alex and Lisa to put into practice their theory on the role of archaeologists in daily life. How will the arrival of these western foreigners in the middle of a sensitive territory be perceived?

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literature, fiction, science short story, archaeology, tolerance, politics, respect, cultural heritage, tourism, economy

To cite the short story

Jean-Olivier Gransard-Desmond, « Archéologues sans frontières », dans : Collectif Les Auteurs Masqués, Histoires de Tolérance, Publication indépendante, septembre 2020, p. 243‑251.

A teaching sequence with the short story

This sequence is adapted for Primary School (2nd grade to 5th grade) and Middle School classes of any size knowing that it is about realizing groups of 5 students with a text and other students for figuration. The sequencing proposal focuses on Language, Arts, History and more as it is require into educational initiative entitled the Common Base of Knowledge, Skills and Culture in France as well as into the Common Core State Standards Initiative in US for a reading aloud project in a group involving teachers of national language, History/Geography and Physical and sports education.

This project can be presented to families in the form of a play, which you can organize using the example provided in the resource Reading, a child’s play.

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