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The ancient Egypt site
Ancient Greece
The ancient Greek world
Ancientscripts.com: a compendium of world-wide writing systems from prehistory to today
Archaeology
Awesome stories
Bradshaw Foundation
Bureaucrats & barbarians: Minoans, Mycenaeans & the Greek Dark Ages
Color tour of Egypt
Digital Karnak
Digital Roman Forum
Egypt’s golden empire
Eternal Egypt
Forum Romanum
Hellenic Macedonia: history and civilization from antiquity to the present
Hercules: Greece’s greatest hero
Historiography: how historians do history
History (PBS history)
History and historiography
History today
History toolkit
Inside Romans
Islamic heritage project
Issues and causes
Livius articles on ancient history
Mark Millmore’s ancient Egypt (Egypt pyramids pharaohs hieroglyphs)
Highlights of the collections by regions (Oriental Institute Museum)
News in science: ancient worlds
Pharoah Maatkare Hatshepsut daughter of Amun Ra
Ten commandments of good historical writing: with apologies to the author of the original ten
The plateau - official website of Dr Zahi Howass
The Parthenon
Theban Mapping Project
Timeline: some historical events, chosen at random
Tour Egypt feature: Deir el-Medina
Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun: anatomy of an excavation
Virtual-Egypt: the Egyptian people’s papyrus
World history archives
Writing narrative history

The ancient Egypt site (external website)
More than 175 keywords listed From A-Z, used to sort the information and resources, enable quick navigation of this site. This listing is refined into categories of Kings, Miscellaneous, People, Religions, and New & updated. Features of the site include an examination of Saqqara; an overview of hieroglyphs in Language; and History, with a timeline giving information on particular periods or kingdoms. The major sections have easy access to specific information. Maps, and images of sites and art works add value to this useful and clearly presented site. E. Kidd
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – History – To 332 B.C.
KEYWORDS: Ancient Egypt; Hieroglyph; Saqquara
AUTHOR: Jacques Kinnear, Belgium
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1057807

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Ancient Greece (external website)
Among the many websites catering for students of ancient Greece, this site is among a minority that are accessible for Stage 4 while providing useful material for Stage 6. Students can easily navigate the site to find information on Art and architecture, Geography, History, Mythology, Olympics, People, and Wars. For each topic the site provides basic information followed by more complex and detailed articles along with some excellent links. Other links are much less impressive and not necessarily reliable and several lead only to advertisements. Despite this, the site is a worthwhile resource for the History 7–10 Topic: Societies and civilisations of the past. It also provides some good resources for the study of ancient Greece in Ancient History Stage 6. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Architecture, Greek; Art, Greek; Greece – History; Mythology, Greek; Olympic Games
PUBLISHER: Universal Artists, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [938] SCIS 1027055

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The ancient Greek world (external website)
The organisation of this site points to several important aspects of Greek history and society. It does this by breaking the information into chronological time periods. This makes it a very valuable resource for Ancient History students, particularly those students studying Athenian society in the time of Pericles. Each time period is examined under the subheadings: Land and archaeological time; Daily life; Economy; and Religion and death. A separate section is entitled Greek pottery; its archaeological importance will also be of interest to students. Students need to be aware that the term, Greek, is used where Athenian would have been more appropriate. This indicates an occasional lack of differentiation between the Greek poleis, but students would still benefit from an examination of this worthwhile site. B. Hull, J. Kempthorne
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Civilisation, Greek; Family – Greece - History; Greece – History – 500-404 B.C., Classical period
KEYWORDS: Ancient Greece; Archaeology; Greek history
PUBLISHER: University of Pennsylvania, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [938] SCIS 1080988

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Ancientscripts.com: a compendium of world-wide writing systems from prehistory to today (external website)
The comprehensive origins of Writing systems are included in the Introduction, Types, Families, Regions, Timeline and an A to Z listing on this valuable site. These menus enable students to access information on a huge range of scripts. There are also menus for Phonetics, Historical linguistics, Journal articles, Games, Downloads, Reference and Links. Go to articles archive has links to online articles on topics such as Etruscan text find and a possible Canaanite spell, transcribed in Egyptian hieroglyphs from the third millennium BCE. While Games is still being developed, Links leads to a vast array of sites dealing with writing systems, archaeology and related topics. Although Ancient History Stage 6 students are not required to have knowledge of ancient writing systems, a visit to this site will enrich a study of sources used in any of the topics in the Preliminary and HSC courses. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; English 7–10; HSC History Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Writing systems – History
PUBLISHER: L. Lo, USA
REVIEW DATE: 02/08/11 [411] SCIS 1391950

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Archaeology (external website)
An outstanding resource for student research into archaeology, this resource explains techniques, tools, fascinating digs and some archaeological controversies. Among the many treasures of this site are articles on wreck diving, battlefield archaeology, marine archaeology, carbon dating and aerial surveys. The site also explores the ethical issues involved in excavating human remains. The main focus is on archaeological sites in Britain but there is enough good material here, from prehistory to D-Day, to stimulate the imagination of students. Interactive games and virtual tours are very suitable for History 7–10. Site material is particularly suitable for the Ancient History Topic: Investigating the past: history, archaeology and science. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ancient history; Archaeology; Civilisation, Ancient
PUBLISHER: BBC, UK
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [930.1] SCIS 1306851

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Awesome stories (external website)
An immense variety of digital narratives can be browsed on this exciting website. Responding to the ageless human interest in stories, the site presents historical events as narrative, with an extraordinary collection of Videos and Audio clips. Videos include commentated clips of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, the Allied bombing of Berlin, Acoustic perfection: amphitheater at Epidaurus and Tutankhamen’s treasures. Testimony to the site’s range, there are also many videos and audio of music and drama performances. Narrations are e-journals that effectively transmit information using extensive cross referencing. Images has many photographs of historical significance, with background information, that strongly support the study of ancient cultures in Year 7 History. The bountiful search facility is a valuable teaching resource and teachers will particularly appreciate the inclusion of lesson plans. The site is high interest and a valuable resource for teaching with IWBs. D. Johnston
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; Drama 7–10; History 7–10; HSIE K–6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Curriculum planning; Teaching – Aids and devices
PUBLISHER: AwesomeStories.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [371.3] SCIS 1438953

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Bradshaw Foundation (external website)
Discovering, documenting and preserving ancient rock art around the world is the primary objective of this not-for-profit organisation. On this site, articles, videos and interactive maps present fascinating information about the world’s oldest art works. iLecture films and Podcasts can be downloaded for a fee. A comprehensive Search engine and Site map expedite the use of this extensive site. Of particular interest to Australian students, the Bradshaw paintings depict what are thought to be the oldest figurative paintings in the world. The site’s vivid reproductions and its artistic and cultural analyses are very interesting and suitably written for students. Sections such as the Yinchuan Rock Art Museum and The pyramids of Egypt may assist students with research options in the Ancient History Stage 6 Topic: Investigating the past: history, archaeology and science. S. Rasaiah
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: CA; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; Visual Arts 7–10; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Art, Prehistoric; Cave drawings
PUBLISHER: Bradshaw Foundation, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 25/03/10 [709.01] SCIS 1306947

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Bureaucrats & barbarians: Minoans, Mycenaeans & the Greek Dark Ages (external website)
Several aspects of this early period of Greek history are presented in this easy to navigate site. Topics include women and religion, and online resources include a bibliography, an atlas and maps, and cultural readings. While students may use the resource as an introduction to this period of history, information is merely text on screen with only a couple of black and white visual sources. The site generally describes this time and place, although the language can be quite complex. Few primary sources are used. Students completing the Ancient History Options: Greece: the Bronze Age – society in Minoan Creteand Greece: the Bronze Age – Mycenaean society may find this site of limited use. B. Hull
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Greece – History – To 500 B.C.; Minoans
PUBLISHER: Washington State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [938] SCIS 1317094

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Color tour of Egypt (external website)
Users can easily access information on this collection of primarily New Kingdom archeological sites from either a listing or a Clickable map. The geographical and archaeological features described will be particularly useful to students concentrating on the Preliminary content area Ancient societies; or the HSC content area Personalities in their times. Preliminary course students studying Dier-el Medina should find the information in The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology particularly useful. Included is an Egyptian artifacts exhibit containing views of objects with details of their date, location and significance to the daily life of the time. E. Kidd
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Antiquities; Egypt – Historic buildings, sites, etc
KEYWORDS: Egypt
PUBLISHER: University of Memphis, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1057927

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Digital Karnak (external website)
Exploring the ancient Egyptian civilisation and society of Karnak, this authoritative site would be valuable for teaching and learning in History 7–10 and Ancient History. Timemap is linked to Google maps allowing satellite imagery to be overlaid with archaeological information. Students can move along the timeline and observe development and changes in society from Sensuret I in 2000BC through to 395CE. Links contain detailed information on structures such as the Middle Kingdom court and the White chapel. Excellent thematic video clips and instructional PDF files enable students to Experience Karnak. A detailed archive facilitates use of the site and it can be searched by chronology, type, feature and topic. External resources listed would need to be verified for syllabus relevance. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Civilisation; Egypt – Social life and customs; Karnak (Egypt) – Historical buildings, sites, etc.
PUBLISHER: University of California, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [932] SCIS 1426952

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Digital Roman Forum (external website)
A scholarly and comprehensive insight into the buildings of the Roman Forum is provided by this website. Students are able to access the digitally reconstructed Forum through plans, timelines and aerial photos. Each building is described in terms of its history and how the reconstruction was undertaken, with model information. Quicktime is needed to view the movie or 3-D views. This would be an invaluable resource for Ancient History students completing the Roman historical periods, as its overview of the development of the Forum is excellent. Stage 6 Visual Arts students may also find this site a useful adjunct to their art history and practical art components, while Design and Technology students could find this an interesting approach to model making and design problems. B. Hull
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: CA; HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; Design & Technology Stage 6; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Architecture – Models; Architecture, Roman; Civilisation, Roman; Computer simulation; Rome (City) – Historic buildings, sites, etc
PUBLISHER: University of California, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [722] SCIS 1341633

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Egypt’s golden empire (external website)
(external website)Based on New Kingdom Egypt, this well made site is a companion to the PBS series of the same name. Students will enjoy using the resource, especially its interactive maps of important sites, which are found in Special features. The site explores important figures of this time, and life in ancient Egypt through the eyes of women, pharaohs, and workers. This site includes lesson plans, based on the video, with activities and links that would have to be assessed for curriculum relevance. Stage 4 History students investigating Egypt would find this a useful and appealing resource. Ancient History students studying the Egyptian personalities of Akhenaten, Hatshepsut, and Ramesses II, or the New Kingdom options, could use this in a limited way, as archaeological resources are not extensively employed. B. Hull
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – History – To 332 B.C.; Egypt – Social life and customs – To 332 B.C.; Pharaohs
PUBLISHER: PBS, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1248152

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Eternal Egypt (external website)
The history of Egypt, from 5000BC to the present day, is presented here in an extraordinary display of modern interactive technologies. Users should Take a guided tour of Eternal Egypt, to get their bearings onsite. The site is a multimedia extravaganza, with web cams, audio, animations, three dimensional models, and site recreations. A sensory experience, its visually engaging content, will certainly support the study of Egypt at HSC level. IBM is a partner in site development and maintenance, and the resource is an excellent example for technology students of what can be done. The site works best with a fast connection, but text only versions are an option. Material is meticulously cross referenced, as Connections ably demonstrates, and includes the Topics of artefacts, places and people, and an extensive Library of articles. Also available in French and Arabic, this is a dynamic presentation of a wonderful range of resources. E. Searle
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Languages; TAS
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; Arabic Stage 6: Continuers; Extension; French Stage 6: Continuers; Extension; History 7–10; History Stage 6: Extension; Information and Software Technology 7–10; Software Design and Development Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Antiquities; Egypt – Historic buildings, sites, etc; Egypt – History
PUBLISHER: Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat), Egypt
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1163804

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Forum Romanum (external website)
Those with a passion for Roman history will find a vast range of sources here. Maintained by a PhD. candidate at Harvard, the site is a collaborative project aimed at producing classical literature online. It contains a digital library of Latin literature, Corpus scriptorum latinorum, with hundreds of Latin texts ranging from antiquity to early modern times, and even a few from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most are in Latin but many have been translated. Teachers and students will find several sources relevant to the Ancient History Stage 6 Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum. The site is a good source of information for the personality studies of Tiberius Gracchus and Julius Caesar. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Latin language; Latin literature; Mythology, Roman – Dictionaries; Rome – History; Rome – Social life and customs
PUBLISHER: D. Camden, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [937] SCIS 1048740

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Hellenic Macedonia: history and civilization from antiquity to the present (external website)
Presenting the ancient society of Aigai (Vergina), the capital city of Macedonia, this site outlines the archaeological research completed in the area and the findings of the excavations. From the Macedonian tombs and the Mother of the Gods sanctuary, to villages and farms, everyday life is examined with a straightforward text and small, but clear, photographs. Many embedded links provide additional information on Greek history and civilization. The site would be suitable as an introduction to a case study of Vergina. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Civilisation - Greek; Excavations (Archaeology); Hellenism - History; Macedonia - Civilisation; Macedonia - History
PUBLISHER: Ekdotike Athenon, Greece
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [938] SCIS 1156120

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Hercules: Greece’s greatest hero (external website)
Stories of the mythical character Hercules can be enjoyed on this easily navigated site. The simple, engaging language will appeal to students, and it is complemented by an abundance of well-chosen images of archaeological artefacts and sites. These could be a ready resource for exercises in visual literacy or source analysis. The site has sections on Maps, Women, the Labors of Hercules, and Other stories. Site material could be incorporated into investigations of mythology as a response to texts, and it is especially useful for the History 7–10 Topic: Societies and civilisations of the past.Ancient History students studying the Greek society options could find the pottery a useful adjunct. B. Hull
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; English 7–10; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Heracles (Greek mythology); Myths, Greek
PUBLISHER: Perseus Project, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [398.2] SCIS 1290932

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Historiography: how historians do history (external website)
As a means of introducing some of the approaches and thinkers who have shaped how history is interpreted, this is a brief and readable resource. Students can learn how to think like an historian. Those starting their Project for the HSC History Extension course would find this site useful for tuning into the notion that any historical event or idea can be interpreted in various ways. A key phrase, followed by a concise explanation of their main impact on history is included for Plutarch; Toynbee; Hegel; Darwin; Marx; and others. Such a listing would be useful as a springboard for basic research into these and other influences that shape how history is viewed. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historiography
KEYWORDS: Historiography
PUBLISHER: Pleasant Valley High School, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [907] SCIS 1093867

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History (PBS history) (external website)
The Public Broadcasting Service, of the USA provides a wealth of supplementary information related to content, research, background and production of their programs. Under major headings including: Ancient world; Biographies; United States; War and espionage; and World, links to specific topics are provided. These sites display interactive timelines; primary sources of past and present; quotes and interviews related to events; and brief facts about historians consulted on the productions. Interviews with producers demonstrate why and how they pursued and applied their interests in history. The unique variety and depth of information available will do much to encourage students’ active involvement in appreciating history. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History Extension Stage 6; History Stages 4-5; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: History
KEYWORDS: Ancient world; biography; espionage; history; United States; war
PUBLISHER: Public Broadcasting Service, USA
REVIEW DATE: 13/8/03 [900] SCIS 1093848

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History and historiography (external website)
Access to unique primary sources and what appear to be individual historian’s ideas about a variety of topics are offered through this web directory, compiled in the early 1990s. Samples are provided of research articles, such as Aragonese historiography; opinion papers, like Ballots and bullets; compilations, including a Eurocentric timeline; ideas exchanges, such as Environmentalism, racism; and useful lists, like Feudal terms. While each separate entry must be scrolled through, with no sub links available, this listing is useful to demonstrate historians’ sharing of ideas, as with History at your fingertips through a listserve. It could easily serve to stimulate further research from more dynamic sites, especially for students choosing a topic for the HSC History Extension research project. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historiography; History
KEYWORDS: Historiography; history
PUBLISHER: University of Washington, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [900] SCIS 1093844

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History today (external website)
The website of the esteemed British magazine, History Today provides a wealth of free historical information, articles, film reviews and video links. Access to the site is free, but archived material requires a paid subscription. A very useful feature of the site is the ability to search for material by Period, Location or Theme. Teachers and students of History7–10, Modern History and Ancient History will find the language and structure of the articles accessible. A drawback of this accessibility is that articles are generally not referenced or footnoted, thereby potentially limiting their usefulness. Subscribers to the site can overcome this through access to the more scholarly History Review in addition to the content of the History Today magazine. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: History – Periodicals
PUBLISHER: History Today, UK
REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [905]
*1522018* SCIS 1522018

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History toolkit (external website)
Although part of a larger site documenting an innovative local history project, this online toolkit is sure to convince students of the value and interest of carrying out historical research. Excellent explanations of historical investigation techniques including: Stages of a historical research project; Using primary sources; Step by step guide to oral history; and How to make a timeline, are provided. Students are urged to evaluate both the process and the information gained from each method. Hints and questions on how to use these approaches are clearly set out, practical, and should be encouraging and invaluable for historians beginning major projects, including the project required for the History Extension: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6; History Stages 4-5
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historiography; History
KEYWORDS: Historical research; oral history; timeline
PUBLISHER: Film Study Center, Harvard University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [907] SCIS 1093854

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Inside Romans (external website)
Visually exciting, solidly resourced, and loaded with information for students, this great site emphasises the drama of ancient Rome. There are well-designed sections on Rome and its empire, Roman Britain, religion and early Christianity, social life, Gladiators and Pompeii. For senior students, the site has many scholarly articles related to syllabus requirements, such as the discovery and preservation of Pompeii. The image galleries will appeal to all students. Both juniors and seniors will enjoy the site’s interactive features, for example the Battlefield academy: Romans vs ancient Britons, a game in which the student organises a hill fort defence against a Roman attack. The site is an excellent resource for the study of ancient Rome in the History 7–10 syllabus and the Ancient History Stage 6 syllabus. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Civilisation, Roman; Rome – History – 30 B.C.-476 A.D., Empire; Rome – Social life and customs – 30 B.C.-476 A.D., Empire
PUBLISHER: BBC Education, UK
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [937] SCIS 1300570

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Islamic heritage project (external website)
Rare and exceptional digitised Islamic maps, manuscripts, published materials and texts from Harvard University’s Islamic library and museum collections are available free of charge through this site. A catalogue search function facilitates research, with browsing made possible through Published materials or selected topics. Resources from as early as the 10th century are presented and cover a wide range of topics including traditions, customs, history, geography, science, literature, religion, and biographies. Full bibliographic details for each record are provided. The resources display outstanding graphic and written text quality. A valuable resource to use on an IWB, this can complement Islamic studies in Studies in Religion, Arabic, and Ancient History. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Languages
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; Arabic Extension Stage 6; Studies in Religion Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Islamic literature; Arabic language; Islam; Islamic countries – Maps
PUBLISHER: Harvard University Library, Open Collections Program, USA
REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [909]
*1498928* SCIS 1498928

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Issues and causes (external website)
Offering a range of viewpoints through an alphabetical listing by topics, these interpretations of history are sure to move some readers out of their comfort zone. Many of the accounts include sceptical questioning, hints of conspiracy, personal opinion essays, and calls for reevaluations of traditional interpretations of particular events. They are useful as examples to promote critical evaluation of a source and of the facts that are selected to represent history. Topics range from ancient to modern times. As an alternative to the usual resources encountered in the case studies and individual project choices for HSC History Extension: Stage 6 syllabus, this is sure to maintain the interest of teachers. The authority of information and curriculum relevance would need to be checked for individual listings. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historiography; World history
KEYWORDS: Historiography
PUBLISHER: Yahoo Inc., USA
REVIEW DATE: 30/8/03 [909] SCIS 1093859

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Livius articles on ancient history (external website)
With articles ranging from Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions to Zoroastrianism, this excellent website has an enormous amount to offer teachers and students of ancient history. The site’s focus is on ancient sources from Anatolia, Carthage, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, Persia, Rome and Germania Inferior (the province of the Roman Empire along the Lower Rhine). Topics are presented in simple lists of clickable links. These expand to extensive written pieces with terrific photographs and a large number of research choices. This is an exciting resource for the History 7–10 Topic: Societies and civilisations of the past and for most Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman topics in Ancient History Stage 6. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: History – Ancient
PUBLISHER: J. Lendering, Netherlands
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [930] SCIS 1365069

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Mark Millmore’s ancient Egypt (Egypt pyramids pharaohs hieroglyphs) (external website)
Colourful, well illustrated and easy to navigate, this site provides readable, clear information. Stories of the great Kings and queens have timelines which identify key rulers and accomplishments of their societies. Information on Hatshepsut, Akhenaten and Ramesse II support options for the HSC topic Personalities in their times. Pyramids and temples is well illustrated and includes computer generated reconstructions and additional comments, particularly on the artistry of the culture. The diagrams and maps are useful. Photographs of the temples include many rooms and views from numerous angles. A basic description and examples of Hieroglyphs as used in writing and mathematics are provided. E. Kidd
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History Stages 4-5
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Historic buildings, sites, etc.; Egypt – History; Egypt – Kings, queens and rulers; Hieroglyphics
KEYWORDS: Ancient Egypt; hieroglyphs; pyramids
AUTHOR: Mark Millmore, Great Britain
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1057949

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Highlights of the collections by regions (Oriental Institute Museum) (external website)
Highlights from the collections of this museum includes artefacts from Assyria, Mesopotamia, and Syria that would be useful for studies of Near East societies. The collection of Egyptian artefacts illustrates aspects of ancient Egyptian life, including religion and funerary practices. The virtual museum gives students an insight into the detail and organisation involved in displaying objects from an archaeological find. This could promote an appreciation of archaeology for Preliminary course topic Investigating the past: history, archaeology and science of the Ancient history: Stage 6 syllabus. Clear images accompany the detailed description of each object. E. Kidd
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Stages 4-5; Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt - Antiquities
KEYWORDS: Archaeology; Book of the Dead; mummy
PUBLISHER: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1057942

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News in science: ancient worlds (external website)
Articles explaining the uses of science in archaeology feature on this easily navigated site. An interesting one page piece on Otzi, the five thousand year old corpse found in the Italian Alps in 1991, examines the archaeological evidence of his life and death. Links to related stories offer further reading, making the site a useful introduction for the case study option in the Ancient History Stage 6 syllabus, Preserved human remains. This site has clearly presented information, and provides a rationale for linking such scientific discoveries as DNA with archaeological evidence. A. Frost USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Archaeology; History - Ancient; Otzi (Ice mummy)
PUBLISHER: ABC Science Online, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [930.1] SCIS 1156171

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Ten commandments of good historical writing: with apologies to the author of the original ten / Theron F.Schlabach (external website)
A hint of humour is used in the title of this web site to interest students in these valuable suggestions for writing up historical research. The concise listing gives advice for: maintaining writing clarity; providing a context of people, places and events to support the topic; using a structure of thesis and subtheses to convey main and related ideas; avoiding plagarism; and communicating in a clear and interesting manner. All of this is essential to apply, not only to the Project in the History Extension: Stage 6 syllabus, but also to effective reading and writing of historical accounts for the Ancient History: Stage 6 syllabus and the Modern History: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History Extension Stage 6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Essay; History; Writing (Authorship)
KEYWORDS: Historical research; Schlabach
PUBLISHER: Gerald W. Schlabach, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [907] SCIS 1093861

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The Parthenon (external website)
The site explains the technical aspects of making a Greek film called The Parthenon. Using 3D scanners, the site virtually reunites the ruined shell of the Parthenon with its treasures and it opens with some detailed articles on virtual reality imaging. Users should initially scroll to the bottom and investigate About. Using Virtual Reality Modeling Language, the site makes it possible to view plaster casts of many of the known Parthenon sculptures. The site has terrific images throughout. Sculptures and Images are exciting resources for the study of ancient Greece in the History 7–10 Topic: Societies and civilisations of the past, and the Ancient History Option: Athenian society in the time of Pericles. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Architecture, Greek; Greece – Antiquities; Parthenon (Athens, Greece); Temples
PUBLISHER: University of Southern California, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [726] SCIS 1377431

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The plateau - official website of Dr Zahi Howass (external website)
Aspects of the Ancient history: Stage 6 syllabus addressed here are the Preliminary topic Investigating the past: history, archaeology and science; and the HSC Ancient societies option, Egypt- society in the Old Kingdom Egypt, Dynasties III-VI. With articles grouped under Valley of the mummies and Sphinx & pyramids, highly descriptive personal accounts of the processes and excitement of the many archaeological discoveries are revealed. Giza kings uses diagrams and photographs to bring to life information for the HSC topic Historical periods. Recent discoveries gives updates of current excavations. This site will help develop student understanding of archaeological issues, preservation techniques, and problems associated with conservation.
J. Kempthorne, E. Kidd
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Historic buildings, sites, etc.; Egypt – History; Excavations (Archaeology); Excavations
KEYWORDS: Pyramids; Sphinx; Zahi Hawass
PUBLISHER: Andrew Bayuk, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1057964

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Theban Mapping Project (external website)
The combination of archaeological data, interactive study tools, and visually appealing images, makes this outstanding site an excellent resource for the study of ancient Egypt. Containing a plethora of information on the Atlas of the Valley of the Kings and the Atlas of the Theban Necropolis, the atlases can be slow to download but are impressive once completed. Clear aerial photographs enable students to explore the entire area, as well as individual temples, tombs, and palaces. Models of tombs, including a 3D recreation, are explored through images, tours, and the written word. Information on various Pharaohs is provided, along with articles and a comprehensive database on the Valley of the Kings. Stage 6 Ancient History students will find the site most rewarding. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Archaeological expeditions; Egypt - Antiquities; Egypt - History; Theban Mapping Project; Tombs; Valley of the Kings (Egypt)
PUBLISHER: Theban Mapping Project, Egypt
REVIEW DATE: 02/08/11 [932] SCIS 1120727

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Timeline: some historical events, chosen at random (external website)
Listing events dating from 30 000 BC to 1990, this Eurocentric timeline includes both trivial and traditionally significant incidents. It provides a broad view of history with many aspects mentioned, such as: health, with the introduction of tobacco to Spain; politics, on the fall of Saigon; geography, focussing on the eruption of Mount St. Helens; and the everyday, with the patent of the thimble. While there is a North American perspective, this does not detract from the potential for this site to be an interesting stimulus to encourage further research into the stories behind the dates, or to devise an alternative timeline from perhaps a wider world perspective. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6; History Stages 4-5; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chronology, Historical; World history
KEYWORDS: Historical timeline
PUBLISHER: University of Washington, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [909] SCIS 1093840

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Tour Egypt feature: Deir el-Medina (external website)
An interesting and well written essay on Deir el-Medina , plus Kahun and Giza, forms the content of this site. It carefully examines the community dedicated to the building of the tombs, including those in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The beginning and end of Deir el-Medina is reviewed, the towns and workers discussed, and the roles of other people such as the scribes are outlined. This would be a valuable site for students using Deir el-Medina for the Focus study: Ancient societies in the Ancient History Stage 6 syllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Dayr al-Madinah site (Egypt); Egypt - Antiquities
PUBLISHER: Tour Egypt, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1156214

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Tutankhamun (external website)
Including a virtual tour of Tutankhamun’s tomb, this site has much of interest for students on the pharaoh’s life and times, his death and funeral, tomb treasures and the myth of the mummy’s curse. Each section has links to more detailed articles, including a fascinating piece on a CT scan which provides evidence on the murder theory. There are many excellent images of the mummy and artefacts, with site photographs and stills of dramatic reconstructions. The site is visually appealing and well laid out; it is an outstanding resource to fire the imagination of students in History 7–10. The articles are worthwhile resources for the study of New Kingdom Egypt in Ancient History Stage 6.R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Antiquities; Egypt – History – To 332 B.C.; Tutankhamun, King of Egypt
PUBLISHER: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1326219

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Tutankhamun: anatomy of an excavation (external website)
The site is a fascinating documentation of the complete records of Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb. An easy to use database is laid out with scholarly efficiency, and includes copies of Carter’s handwritten diaries and typed versions of the notes. The database may be searched by object number or description. Maps, plans and drawings, Harry Burton’s photographs of the site during excavation, scenes outside the tomb, and colour photographs of objects from the tomb complement the written text. The photographs are contained within the database or they can be searched autonomously. Comparisons are given between Carter’s and A. C. Mace’s diaries and eyewitness accounts of opening the burial chamber. The site will be very useful for the study of Tutankhamen in Ancient History Stage 6, and teachers will find interesting primary source material for the study of ancient Egypt in History 7–10. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ancient history; Egypt – Antiquities; Egypt – History – To 332 B.C.; Egypt – Kings, queens and rulers; Excavations (Archaeology); Tombs; Tutankhamen – King of Egypt
PUBLISHER: Griffith Institute, UK
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1403006

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Virtual-Egypt: the Egyptian people’s papyrus (external website)
A plethora of material, both educational and commercial, can be accessed from this site. Information has a tabloid newspaper style and layout. The Photo tours provide solid material for Ancient History archaeological site studies. Flash movies provide accessible insights into such topics as the death of Tutankhamun. Senior students of the Egyptian components of the syllabus, including the Amarna period, will find this site to be a worthwhile source. For younger students, Intro to has sections which are simple overviews of topics. The site has games, virtual tours, and entertaining activities including making cartouches and hieroglyphic translators. Students completing the History 7–10 Topic: Societies and civilisations of the past will find this site of interest. B. Hull
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; History 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Egypt – Antiquities; Egypt – History – To 332 B.C.; Egypt – Social life and customs – To 332 B.C.
PUBLISHER: www.Virtual-Egypt.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [932] SCIS 1290935

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World history archives (external website)
The working class perspective, which permeates the articles available throughout this site, provides useful examples to promote the analysis of different perspectives and interpretations of history that is central to the HSC History Extension: Stage 6 syllabus. Geographical locations of countries provide major headings to access diverse articles related to political, social, cultural and economic movements in individual countries. Many listings have brief annotations. Topics of inclusions are not always politically significant, but are varied, brief and worth browsing for a particular view of the world, and could stimulate an interest for further research from other sites. World historiography provides some useful comment on various approaches to history. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: History Extension Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Historiography; World history
KEYWORDS: Historiography
PUBLISHER: Hartford Web Publishing, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [909] SCIS 1093858

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Writing narrative history (external website)
The depth and breadth of content immersion necessary to achieve quality results in the HSC History exams is daunting. The practical skills necessary to write History essays can be taken for granted, but in fact there are certain precise analytical skills that can be applied. This short and straightforward site was a unit of a university course, and a senior student could ask for no better manual for writing history as a narrative. It has an excellent definition: What is a narrative?, and practical advice: How to write a narrative. It discusses how to locate the narrator, how to scaffold a plot with Moments of action and Characters. There is a checklist for the key qualities of a good narrative and a method, Burke’s pentad, for shaping narrative history. Hard copy study guides abound with advice that is contained here. It is an invaluable site that students can either favourite or download and print and can be a constant reference point when creative urges need fashioning and directing. V. Davidson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: Ancient History Stage 6; English Stage 6: Extension 2; HSC History Stage 6: Extension; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: History; Writing (Authorship)
PUBLISHER: University of Maryland, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/10/2010 [808]
*1473874* SCIS 1473874

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