Explore the Ancient Near East and find new ways to engage your students in hands-on activities based around objects from the Carlos Museum collection. This curriculum, which features artifacts from oil lamps to arrow heads, allows students to investigate ancient cultures and histories while considering the significance of these objects and their contexts in their own lives today.

Age Range

These lesson plans and activities were designed for elementary and middle school students, though they can be adapted to suit younger and older audiences.


Initially developed as a Hebrew School curriculum, these lessons primarily focus on Judaic studies. However, because the content covers a broad range of historical subject matters, the curriculum can be modified for a range of course topics.

Museum Collection

The Carlos Museum holds one of the largest collections of Near Eastern antiquities on the East Coast, with over 7,500 objects. The materials included in this project were chosen for their potential to be used as teaching tools.