School Boxes

In order to reach children and school classes who may not be able to travel to Suleymaniyah or Kalar, as well as to create deeper learning experiences for groups who do visit the museums, we have created three themed educational boxes. These boxes offer an introduction to three important elements of life in the past:

Pots and People in the Ancient Near East

Food in the Ancient Near East

The Invention and Practice of Writing in the Ancient Near East

Schools will be able to borrow these boxes from Slemani Museum and the Garmian Civilizations Museum from September 2019.

Young visitors at the Slemani Museum Kids space opening event trying out the “Writing Box”

You can also download the information booklets and other related materials here:

Pottery booklet (English)

Pottery booklet (Kurdish)

Pottery booklet (Arabic)

Pottery colouring template

Food booklet (English)

Food booklet (Kurdish)

Food booklet (Arabic)

Recipe game template

Writing booklet (English)

Writing booklet (Kurdish)

Writing booklet (Arabic)

The boxes and their multi-sensory content provide structured educational materials for classroom teaching in order to help children comprehend historical narratives, technological and social changes through time, and basic social dynamics such as those that unfold during communal eating. It also encourages children to engage in questions of cultural identity and heritage through play and discussion.

The boxes introduce teachers and students, of all ages, to life in the ancient Near East, with the aim of enthusing everyone to engage further with the archaeology and history of this region and to care for, and help protect, its rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Each box contains ceramic and stone replicas of ancient pottery, cuneiform tablets and seals, as well as charred grains and bones like those found on archaeological sites. They also contain illustrated information booklets in Kurdish, Arabic and English, alongside a series of games and fun activities to allow children to travel through time and get a sense of what life might have been like where they live thousands of years ago.