Today we had lots of fun learning about the archaeologist Howard Cater and recreating his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. After reading his diary extracts, we took turns to explore the tomb and observe the many wondrous artefacts. Taking in as much detail as possible, in a limited time due to the build-up of poisonous gasses over thousands of years, we described our finds to our expedition team members and then sketched these into our log books. Following this, we took a virtual tour of a Tutankhamun exhibition to see the artefacts in a real life context and generated questions to help us answer the next question in our enquiry, ‘Who was Tutankhamen and how did he die?’
Working as historians, we reflected on our understanding that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, and that people in the past represent events or ideas in a way that persuades others. We also discussed the reliability of photos, accounts and stories and explored the idea that there can be different accounts of history.