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Mr. Underwood's Classroom News
Stephen Underwood
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mr. Underwood’s classes took a virtual tour of Ancient Egypt. Our tour began by boarding an Egyptian sail boat called a Felucca.

Our tour guide was able to teach us about some of Ancient Egypt’s most important monument s and pharaohs.

We sailed down the Nile River until we reached The Great Pyramid at Giza. We learned that there are more than 2 million stones that were used to make the pyramid. After hypothesizing how the Ancient Egyptians could have achieved this feat, we learned how archeologists believe the Pharaoh Khufu built it. While we sailed to our next location we wrote a “postcard” to our family telling them about Giza.

Our next stop was the White Chapel at Karnak. We learned that this temple may actually have been plated with gold. Pharaoh Senusret I built the temple but a later pharaoh dismantled it to build their own monument. We reconstructed a carving that was found on the White Chapel and hypothesized about its meaning.

Our next stop was Hatshepsut’s Temple at Dayr al-Bahri . Hatshepsut was the first female. We learned about her trade expeditions to Africa.

After leaving Dayr al-Bahri, we visited one of the most fascinating sites in Ancient Egypt. The temple below was built by Ramses II. It was built into a cliff along the Nile River. The tour guide told us how the temple was in danger of being flooded in the 1940’s. The Egyptian government wanted to build a dam to produce electricity. The dam would flood the temple under hundreds of feet of water. We tried to find a solution to save the dam. After coming up with our own ideas, we were shocked to find out what really happened. The temple was cut out of the mountain and moved to a higher location. They even moved all of the 66 foot tall statues of Ramses II. At the conclusion of the tour we wrote letters back home about two of our favorite stops.