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A Roman Bath for Dorbies

Friday, July 27th, 2012

There was even a slave girl to wash and scrub the Roman Dorbies with olive oil.

Dorbie Roman bath


Egyptian Sandals

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Egyptian Sandals

Experiments with Cylinder Seals

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mesopotamian cylinder seals were usually rolled across wet clay, leaving an impression that served as a seal or a “signature” of an individual or a family. Clay seemed easier for us to carve than stone, so we made our own seals, using chopsticks and toothpicks to etch them.

Etching the clay

Completed seals

One of the seals had a number of ankhs carved into it. I’m not sure what the ancient Mesopotamians would have thought about that.


However, our seals were made from inferior, modern clay–you know–the kind that doesn’t harden so that children can sculpt with it over and over again? Very easy on Mom and Dad’s pocketbook but not so good for rolling in paint or across a stamp pad.

So we got creative. And more modern. We switched to foam. Using a pencil, Sam etched her cylinder signature onto a piece of craft foam.

Etching onto foam

Then we rolled the foam into a cylinder.

Foam cylinder seal

And rolled the cylinder across wet paint.

Wet paint

The printed result
Not so recognizable by modern or ancient standards, but it was an interesting craft experiment. For next time I’ve promised Sam that I’ll shell out for some proper hardening clay and we’ll try again.

18 July 2011


Monday, July 11th, 2011


Homemade Pyramid Puzzle

Monday, July 11th, 2011

First layer

Second layer


28 June 2011

Making Mummies II

Monday, July 11th, 2011

First, the Dorbie Pharoah’s body was carefully washed.

Dorbie Pharoah bathing


Then the priestess cut strips of linen



The priestess cut strips of linen

Then the mummy was wrapped.


wrapped mummy


Then the golden funerary mask was placed over the mummy’s head.


funerary mask

The Dorbie mummy was then laid to rest in her sarcophagus, surrounded by some of the things she would need in the Land of the Dead: a mirror, a chair, and a television (of course).

The tomb


Good luck, Pharoah Dorbie!  May you find rest with Osiris.

10 June 2011

Canopic Jars

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Canopic Jar Workroom:

Writing hieroglyphs and protective symbols for the jars:

Finished for all eternity! Stomach (jackal head); Liver (human head); Lungs (Baboon head); Intestines (Falcon head)

15 June 2011

Hieroglyphs and Cuneiform

Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Sam's name in ancient writing

Sam's name in hieroglyphs and cuneiform


More hieroglyphs--I'll need to decode these in order to write a proper caption!

Mud Bricks

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Mixing the mud

Mud brick city

3 May 2011

Cave Painters

Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Cave Painters

Cave Painters

Cave Painting detail

Cave painting detail: saber-toothed tigers and sloths.


Saber-toothed tiger

After leaving the safety of the cave, the nomads encounter a saber-toothed tiger.