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Long House Examines Cylindrical Seals of Ancient Mesopotamia

The fifth graders sift through a range of ancient and modern resources to determine the use and function of cylindrical seals in ancient Mesopotamia. A sealed bottle of mouthwash, for example, helps them understand how cylinder seals were likewise used up to 5000 years ago to seal goods from unauthorized access. The stamps on a modern marriage license and college transcript help them understand that seals were similarly used in antiquity to authorize transactions on tablets. Other sort of artifacts and images help students determine that ancient seals were also used as body ornaments and amulets -- all helping to bring the past to life in age-appropriate ways.