YEAR 7 VISIT THE CHAU CHAK MUSEUM

On Monday 29 March the whole of Year 7 embarked on an adventure to the Chau Chak Wing Museum. We spent the day exploring archeological methods and tools as well as investigating Ancient Egypt, its mummification process, and its culture. We also had the chance to see some Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece artefacts too.

One of the highlights was the ‘Hands on’ section of our museum tour where we were able to pick up, hold and investigate actual historical artefacts from the ancient world. We were able to study these artefacts and guess what they were used for and why. We also sketched a number of these artefacts into our books.

Another highlight was the Science and Art exhibition. There were various pieces of art and artefacts including a taxidermied thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), bird species, as well as one of the last surviving Etriscan funeral plinths. We also studied a marble statue of Hermes. Despite having his hands and feet cut off, archeologists were still able to identify the statue as the Greek god Hermes, due to the way he was positioned and his style of clothing.

But the best part of our excursion was visiting the two arms of the Ancient Egypt exhibition. Here we saw lots of different artefacts from Ancient Egypt including, wall panels with hieroglyphics, canopic jars as well as stone carvings of pharaohs and gods. There were also some mummies and sarcophaguses. The museum had three sarcophaguses, including one of a 7-year-old boy. We viewed CT scans and digital processing which unravelled the condition of the bodies as well as how and why they were so well preserved.

Overall, we had an amazing time and learned so much about archeology and the Ancient World. When asked,  Sophie Atherton could not fault the day and loved every minute of it!

Aislinn Walsh-Sams, Nina Vesper, Lucia Metzel, Paris Newey
Year 7

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