Pedagogy - Additional resources for My archaeology book

Augustin, Alex, Lisa and all the ArkéoTopia staff invite you to discover the additional resources for My Archaeology book, an activity book designed to discover archaeology while having fun, the French heritage and the scientific method in general.

Gransard-Desmond J.-O. (dir.)
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Augustin says Hello to you!My Archaeology Book is a creative and fun activity book. Accompanied by Augustin, curious and intrepid young boy, children meet the friendly archaeologists Alex and Lisa who will lead them to discover French archaeology and heritage. Each drawing represent a daily experience lived by Alex and Lisa that children can color. Guided by pictograms easy to understand and easy to follow, the child is invited to try new activities (coloring, drawing, observation games, puzzles, reading) that will allow him to slip into the skin of the archaeologist. Alone, with family, in a school setting or leisure, the child will develop his knowledges and skills while having fun.

You will find on this page additional resources: color images of the archaeological documents that inspired the contents of My Archaeology Book, complementary educational materials (flipbook, web links, proposals for educational use ...), and information about new releases. This page therefore aims to develop over months.

My Archaeology Book for the 9-16 years old, Editions Fedora, 2018

Children will certainly notice the animals that accompany different situations. The choice of these animals is not trivial. That is why they have names which are listed below as well as the reason for their presence:

Names and reason being of animals
de My Archaeology Book 5/8 years
Animal Name Reason of the name Page
Eagle Perçant A golden eagle has a piercing eyesight eight times more than humans. Perçant illustrates the visual quality that must have archaeologists when they make aerial survey. Indeed, it needs a warning glance to detect, from a plane, traces of human occupation left on the ground. 12
Hamadryas baboon Thot The moon god Thoth of ancient Egypt was recognized as the inventor of writing and therefore hold knowledge. It could be represented by a baboon hamadryas or sacred ibis. Here our Thot illustrates the knowledge and know-how that archaeologists should demonstrate to use digital tools intelligently (as on page 11 with Lisa using Google Earth to locate the pyramid of Cheops). 11, 39
Cat Bastet The goddess Bastet of ancient Egypt was a quiet and gentle divinity, associated with the home, motherhood and music; the opposite of the lioness goddess Sekhmet who embodies the fierce aspects. Just like at home, our Bastet observes the places and people by ensuring quietly on the remains preserved in museums. Please note, it can turn into Sekhmet if visitors or thieves threaten collections. 7, 35, 39
Bat Radar The bat has a very efficient echolocation system that allows it to locate in space. Radar shows the operating principle of the geophysical detection equipment used by archaeologists to locate remains which are invisible to the naked eye because of basements. 13
Dog Pisteur Due to its keen sense of smell, the dog is used in many situations: hunting, find missing people, detect illicit products ... His nose allows it to follow the tracks to find what is sought. Pisteur symbolizes skill that archaeologists should have to go up a trail of clues that will make them discover a new human occupation. 3 et 10
Crow Cortex The crow is a bird of great intelligence, capable of reflection and organization of ideas. Cortex symbolizes the skills that archaeologists should demonstrate to understand and analyse the outcomes of excavations or inventory. 20 et 29
Dolphin Dona The dolphin is a sociable and intelligent sea mammal, it has an echolocation system allows it to locate in space. Dona (variant of the Celtic male name Don which means deep) illustrates the activities of archaeologists under the sea as the use of sonar to locate the remains and teamwork necessary for the search. 17 et 34
Snail Trace A snail deposits a mucus while it moving, and leaves a trace of its passage. By its slowness, it's also an animal used to symbolize patience. Trace illustrates both the patience archaeologists must demonstrate in their research, and by a word play, traces of the remains they want. 3, 8 et 21
Owl Bouh Nocturnal animal, owl stays up and acts during the night. If it's fear, it is also an effective guardian of our European imagination. Bouh illustrates the action to ensure cultural heritage to prevent theft and destruction as archaeologists are involved in the defence of this heritage. 3 et 37
Jaguar Clio The jaguar is an endangered species that must be protected. In ancient Greece, the muse Clio ensure respect and protection of History. Our Clio (female jaguar) ensure that cultural heritage does not fall into oblivion and not be plundered. 10
Hare Presto The hare is a fast and clever animal. Presto illustrates the rapid transmission of information by land (Éclair engaged in the air). It's a way to show that information should not remain in a notebook or a device but must flow. 10
Butterfly Psyché Psyché is the name of a family of butterflies scientifically called Psychidae. It’s also a word of Greek origin meaning "soul" which was illustrated, in Greek mythology, Psyche by the princess, wife of Eros. Psyché illustrates the love that we have for cultural heritage. 3, 8 et 21
Pigeon Éclair At various times, the pigeon was used as a messenger (carrier pigeon). Éclair transmits information through the air that is why he have a backpack while the Presto makes it by land. It's a way to show that information should not remain in a notebook or a device but must flow. 15
Rat Ratiche The rat is an intelligent animal gifted with many faculties, who quickly learns and lives in large families. Ratiche symbolizes learning skills, thinking and team work necessary for archaeologists to do their jobs effectively. 24, 31 et 38
House mouse Musculus The house mouse is called scientifically Mus Musculus. To reinforce the idea that the brain must be muscled, to allow knowledge and know-how to arrive at the right result, we chose musculus to partner with Ratiche to illustrate the capacity of reflection that archaeologists must show in the analysis of remains left by our ancestors. 7 et 28
Mole Trouette The mole is burrowing mammal often associated with archaeological research because it digs and regularly rises to the surface buried things. Trouette therefore illustrates archaeologists’ activities: the search that reveals the buried human remains. 3 et 16
Toucan Toccata The toucan is a bird producing slam with his tongue and beak living among others in Guatemala. Toccata helps Clio to protect archaeological sites by warning of the arrival of intruders through its beak snaps. Its name is a nod to the musical form toccata (Italian toccare, touch) which the most famous is the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach. 4

The situations of My Archaeology Book were illustrated thanks to a real heritage and sites coming mainly from Europe. On this page, you will find complementary informations to those included in the activity book to help you to know more about each drawing.

Step 1.2 - Locate an archaeological site: describe the surrounding heritage (p. 5)
L'image de l'Institut dart et darchéologie ayant inspiré la p. 5 de Mon cahier d'archéologie For example, did you know the Institute of Art and Archaeology, also said Michelet Centre? This building in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is located between 6th Avenue de l'Observatoire and 3 rue Michelet. A few years ago, it housed the history of art faculties of universities Paris I and Paris IV, some services have moved today. It was designed by architect Paul Bigot between 1925 and 1928. It is from September 9, 1996 classified as historical monuments. It was synthesized by Christian Hottin from Architecture and Heritage Management on the site HAL-SHS open archive, which is intended for deposition and diffusion of scientific articles.

Clues: 3 corresponding to the camera, the notebook and pencil, on the street sign. Why? Because the material used by Alex and Lisa allows them to record information as do the people working on the inventory of heritage in towns and villages, hence the importance of the street sign. It is through this work that ArkéoTopia has identified that the Irish College had not been an archaeological study.

Step 1.1 - Locate an archaeological site: explore unknown lands (p. 4)
Photographie du temple I de Tikal à l'origine de la p. 4 de Mon cahier d'archéologie (© Raymond Ostertag - CC BY-SA 2.5) via Wikimedia CommonsThus, The temple I of Tikal situated in the Tikal National Park located in the province of Petén, in northern Guatemala, illustrated on page 4 of My Archaeology Book entitled Exploring unknown lands.
Registered since 1979 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, Tikal is one of the largest urban center of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The city has thousands of architectural and artistic vestiges of the Mayan civilization since the Preclassic period (600 BC.) Until the decline and fall of this urban center around 900 AD. The different ecosystems and habitats are home to a wide range of neo-tropical wildlife including jaguar.

Tikal, political, economic and pre-Columbian major military center, is one of the most important archaeological complexes left by the Maya civilization. An inner urban area of nearly 400 hectares contains the main monuments and architectural elements that include palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, small and medium sized residences, ball game fields, terraces, roads and large and small spaces. Of these, the Temple I is on the long side of the Main Square. It is the landmark of Tikal which he characterizes the architectural style.

Commonly called "Temple of Ah Cacao" or "Temple of the Great Jaguar," was built around 734 AD. Standing on a pyramidal base to nine degrees and crowned with a ridge crest, the entire temple rises to 47 meters high. A staircase in a single flight led to the temple. This composed of three small rooms in a row. Above each door is a lintel of Sapodilla wood made from several pieces of wood. This is a burial pyramid completed around 740-750 AD which is dedicated to Jasaw Chan K'Awil, one of the largest k'uhul ajaw (or divine lord) of Tikal was buried in the structure in the year 734. His tomb was discovered in the pyramid by Aubrey Trik from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.

Clues: 6 corresponding to the dense vegetation, wildlife, the map, the compass, machete and pistol reflecting the difficulty of access to the latest clues, the temple. This is to illustrate an archaeological discovery made by accident (we speak of fortuitous discovery) through an explorer interested in exploring inaccessible regions.

Step 1.3 - Locate an archaeological site: study the written sources (p 6 and p. 25)
Reconstitution du cheval de Troie au musée d'archéologie d'Istanbul ayant inspiré la p. 6 de Mon cahier d'archéologie (© Deror Avi - CC BY-SA 2.5) via Wikimedia CommonsDétail du pythos de Mykonos à l'origine de la p. 25 de Mon cahier d'archéologie (© Travelling Runes - CC BY-SA 2.0) via Wikimedia CommonsThe illustrations p. 6 and 25, appeal to literary works that are the Iliad and the Odyssey, attributed to Homer, bard (poet) in the late VIIIth century BC, nicknamed "the Poet" (a virtual exhibition "Homère. Sur les traces d'Ulysse" dedicated to him on the site of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

After the death of the great heroes of both sides, Hector and Achilles, the Trojan War is in a deadlock since neither side happens to win on the battlefield. Inspired by Athena, Ulysses then imagine a ruse to invest the city: Bring in a giant wooden horse containing twenty warriors. It is the carpenter architect Epeios who is responsible for the construction.

The episode of the Trojan is briefly recounted for the first time by Homer in the Odyssey, the Iliad stopping the narrative of the Trojan War the funeral of Hector. If no machine was found in Troy of Heinrich Schliemann, several Greek representations are known.

To p. 6, we have retained the size reconstruction of the Trojan horse of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum (left figure) and p. 25, we retained the representation of Pythos of Mykonos dated to the archaic period (c. 670 BC.) And kept at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos (inv. 2240) in Greece (right picture).

Clues: 2 corresponding to the book and the book title. These two indices refer to the idea of identification of human occupation through written sources and Heinrich Schliemann did to the Trojan site that was the subject of numerous archaeological missions.

My Archaeology Book 5-8 years old
Edited in November 2017
Design and management Dr. Jean-Olivier Gransard-Desmond
Illustrations Christiane Angibous-Esnault, Kittelski Studio, Vincent Talhac et Valérie Plessier-Grapin
Editions Fedora
Format : 210 X 297 mm
52 colors pages with a color hardback cover
Central insert color cutting to dress silhouettes archaeologists Alex and Lisa
Public price: 12,99 €
ISBN : 979-10-96137-07-7

My Archaeology Book 9-16 years old
Edited in April 2018
Design and management Dr. Jean-Olivier Gransard-Desmond
Illustrations Amélie Veaux et Christiane Angibous-Esnault
Editions Fedora
Format : 210 X 297 mm
64 pages in colors with a color hardback cover
Central insert color archaeologist excavation and a diploma
Public price: 14,99 €
ISBN : 979-10-96137-06-0

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