Last week, Year 5 were visited by the only British Maya archaeologist in the world, Dr. Diane Davies. She described her role as an archeologist and told us all about her experiences of discovery in Guatemala. Diane showed us video clips and pictures of herself at work and of the Maya artefacts she has found. She also brought in some of the tools that archaeologists use.
It was so interesting to hear about how Diane survived and lived in the extremely hot jungle among the wild mammals, bugs, poisonous snakes and with no electricity! We enjoyed a virtual tour of the archaeologists’ camp in the jungle including their kitchen, huts, tents, showers and work areas. But what do they do for fun? The children were pleased to hear that they have their own football pitch, cinema and a playhouse for the archeologists’ children. The morning jungle sounds and sights were very impressive. Diane finished her workshop with question time, which was extremely popular!
Can you answer any of these these questions?
How do we know about the Maya?
How many Maya live today? Which country do they mainly live in?
What were the Maya pyramids used for?
How tall is one of the largest Maya pyramids in the world?
Can you describe any of the tools Diane uses when at an archeologist site?
Can you remember some of the important artefacts she found?
Why is a compass so important for Diane?
What wakes the archaeologists up in the morning?