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The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day: The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Full-Color Images


by taking photographs of objects in the permanent Egyptian galleries on the Ground and Upper floors of the Museum.3ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEADUsing the exhibitionThe ancient Egyptians held a complex set of beliefs about the afterlife. photography is not allowed within the exhibition. due to the sensitivity of the objects to light. so please remind students to be considerate. Alongside collecting information which will support any follow-up activities at school. This exhibition brings together examples of this text. teachers and students will need to be aware that they will be visiting the space alongside the general public. Unfortunately. On page 4 is an exhibition briefing sheet for adult helpers to help focus students’ thoughts as they move through each section of the exhibition. This question could then be discussed back at school. One ancient source which helps us to understand what they thought would happen after death is the collection of texts known today as the Book of the Dead. There are also information sheets (a beginner’s guide. The Museum suggests that students move through the exhibition in small groups looking at and discussing objects. Outside the specific school slots for the exhibition. You can also find lots of Egyptian images in the Museum shops. For example:n n n nJourney through the afterlifeWhat impression of ancient Egypt do I get from the exhibition? What did the ancient Egyptians believe about the afterlife? What have I found out about ancient Egypt that I didn’t know before? What sources of evidence does the exhibition include and how useful did I find them?. or by using the online resources available on the British Museum website back at school. students may find it useful to have a big question to consider and discuss as they go round the exhibition. It is therefore suggested that students collect visual information about the Book of the Dead by undertaking relevant detailed observation sketches which can then be used to support follow-up art and design work in the classroom. Exhibition entry is free for school groups but all visiting groups must pre-book through the British Museum Ticket Desk. in-depth notes and a glossary) which you may wish to share with adult helpers or older students before the visit. mainly in its New Kingdom period (about 1550–1069 BC) papyrus format. and associated objects which explore both ancient Egyptian beliefs and the evolution and manufacture of the text itself. graphics and relevant text.

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