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Early Societies of the Ancient Americas

Early Societies of the Ancient Americas

Grade 4 - 6, High School Spanish

School Program Theme:
Early Societies of the Ancient Americas

ZOTZ, BATZ, BALAM!
in some Mayan languages, Zotz means bat, Batz monkey, and Balam jaguar


The Gardiner Museum has wonderful collections of Art from the Ancient Americas.  The animals, human figures and vessels in our gallery demonstrate the ingenuity and skill of ancient potters working with earthenware clay.

 This program offers students exciting evidence of early civilizations in Mexico, Central and South America.  Your students will have an opportunity to learn about the accomplishments of the Maya, the Inca and many other established civilizations that flourished before the arrival of Europeans.  Students delve into what life was like for the Maya or Inca child living through the period when these ceramics were made.

As a full day program these cultures are explored through viewing slide presentations, handling objects, gallery tour, and discussion with an archaeologist.

The clay portion of this program has student creating small pre-Columbian figures out of clay.

This program is available as a half or full day option and is recommended for students in grade 4-6, and for those studying ancient civilizations or Spanish language at any level.  It can be adapted to a variety of age levels including university anthropology and archaeology courses.

If you are studying another ancient civilization (e.g. Egypt or Greece) we can adapt our program so that your students create Canopic jars or Greek vessels out of clay.  Themes such as the afterlife are common throughout many ancient civilizations.


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