Death is a difficult subject to talk and teach about. Nevertheless, social studies and history classes often include subjects such as ancient Egyptian mummies, pyramids, or other kinds of ancient burial practices. In this Teacher’s Lounge, educator and mortuary archaeologist Dr. Pınar Durgun discusses some ways to engage with students about these culturally-sensitive topics in ethical ways while sharing some useful tools and resources.
Dr. Pınar Durgun has taught about the ancient world in universities, museums, and school classrooms using archaeological and museum collections. Pınar aims to make information about the ancient world accessible, fun, and inclusive. In line with this goal, she creates and curates educational and digital content about the ancient world for museums, academic/educational organizations, and social media. Her research and teaching focuses on death and burial, ancient materials and makers, image and identity making, and museum ethics. Most recently she edited “An Educator’s Handbook for Teaching about the Ancient World.” More about Dr. Pınar Durgun
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Image: Egyptian, From Naga-ed-Der, Funerary Stela of Heni, 2134-2040 BCE, Museum Appropriation Fund and Mary B. Jackson Fund