Dragon Bones!

An Ancient China Teaching Kit

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  • Designed for teaching grades 3-8
  • Available for nationwide rental through the Boston Children’s Museum
  • Kit includes over 20 hours of lessons and activities, books, and artifact reproductions

Educational Resource Kit

Some of the explorable objects in each Ancient China teaching kit include, from left, carved jade, bronze “knife money,” lacquer “eared cup”, and bamboo slip book.

Fun, informative, and filled with replica artifacts and hands-on activities, the Ancient China Teaching Kit, brings amazing archaeological discoveries from China to the classroom. Available for rental nationwide, the kit is an exciting and essential classroom tool for Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, and World History curricula. Designed with the needs of today’s educators in mind, the kit guides teachers through a variety of classroom approaches to life in ancient China. Used in schools around the country, teachers rave about this kit and how it provides all they need to get students excited about China’s ancient past.

The kit explores the beginning of settled villages (ca. 5000-2500 BCE) through the time of China’s First Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (ca. 221 BCE) whose mausoleum includes the famous terra cotta army. Topics include archaeological discoveries, ancient lifeways (diet, clothing and adornment), early forms of writing, and the invention of bronze metallurgy.

Designed as a comprehensive multimedia presentation, each kit includes a highly illustrated Teacher’s Guide to Chinese Archaeology with background reading and classroom exercises, precise replicas of ancient artifacts (including oracle bones, food grains, mineral ores needed to create bronze, and bronze mirrors) for hands-on activities outlined in the accompanying lesson plan book, visual aids (color overhead transparencies and maps), a CD of music being played on a 2500 year-old set of bronze bells excavated in central China, and selected books for all ages.

Additional resources for teachers about Asian history and cultures

Working with the Boston Children’s Museum and Boston Public Schools, ICEAACH develops curriculum resources, like the Ancient China Teaching Kit, and provides professional development training for teachers in collaboration with Primary Source (a non-profit center for multicultural and global education), the Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and other educational institutions and museums.

For more educational resources, or for answers to more specific research questions, feel free to contact us!

Public Lectures

The East Asian Archaeology Forum at AsianARC, supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, hosts a series of public talks each semester in the AsiaARC library or BU Pardee School of Global Studies. The talks are free and open to the public. Recent lectures include:

Ms. QU Tongli (Doctoral Candidate, Peking University School of Archaeology & Museology, and Visiting Student, Harvard University Department of Anthropology), “Chinese Archaeology & the Question of the Dispersal of Modern Humans into East Asia: Current Evidence & Challenges.”

Prof. YANG Zhefeng (Professor, Peking University Department of Archaeology), “Building for the Hereafter: Imperial Tomb Design during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 8 CE).”

Dr. WU Mandy Jui-man (Postdoctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University), “Sogdian Funerary Art in 6th Century China: Politics, Religion, and Transculturation along the Silk Road.”

Prof. WU Chunming (Professor, Department of History, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China), “Suspended Mysteries: Hanging Coffins & Cliff Burials in Southern China.”

If you would like to be notified by e-mail about upcoming EAAF lectures, please contact us by email to asianarc@bu.edu. For upcoming talks, click here.

AsianARC Library

AsianARC’s research library is a terrific resource for anyone interested in early East Asia. The library is open to all interested users: no special affiliations are required. Click here for more information and hours.

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