1. The class is turned into the newsroom of a television studio in 1910. News of the completion of excavations of the Palace of Knossos in Crete has been received, and the station is doing a special broadcast on the work of Sir Arthur Evans and his colleagues.
2. The task is to create the special broadcast, either with a PowerPoint presentation or a video production (or both!). Topics (note: these are just some suggestions—there are many other topics that could profitably be done) that should be included are the following:
- An introduction to the field of archeology
- A biography of Arthur Evans
- A biography of Harriet Boyd
- The culture of Minoan-Crete
- The actual excavation of the Palace of Knossos
- The Myth of Knossos and King Minos
- The End of Minoan civilization
3. Students may approach the research in small groups if appropriate. When the research is completed, the class should be re-grouped into production teams:
- Sequencing the storyboard
- Writing the script
- Organizing maps and pictures
- Making PowerPoint slides
4. The lesson should be concluded by showing the final product to a selected audience (other students and teachers, parents, community members, etc.)
Caselli, Giovanni. In Search of Knossos : The quest for the Minotaur's labyrinth. New York; Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.
Scarre, Chris and Stefoff, Rebecca. The Palace of Minos at Knossos (Digging for the Past). New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Sir Arthur Evans
Sir Arthur Evans and the Excavation of the Palace at Knossos
The Palace of Knossos
Knossos and the Palaces of Crete
History of Minoan Crete
Maps of Ancient Crete
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.