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Description

Jamie Theakston visits a living museum of Ancient Egyptian times. The evidence used to make this museum is also examined, when explaining the seasonal process of food production and preparation. The production of bread is shown, using a saddle quern.
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First broadcast:
16 November 2007

Classroom Ideas

After viewing the clip, pupils could go on to find images of ploughing, harvesting, threshing and winnowing in Ancient Egypt, from a variety of information sources, including books and websites. The children could draw comic strips to explain the steps in the farming of grain in Ancient Egypt. They could use the clip as a source of information, freezing the frame at various points to sketch what they see. Pupils could also examine ears of wheat. They could thresh the wheat by beating it with sticks and then winnow the wheat by shaking and tossing it in a bowl, to separate the grain from the chaff. The children could finish off the session by grinding or 'milling' the wheat kernels between two flat stones, to make flour.