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This activity is about the mural making process done about 9,000 years ago in Catalhoyuk, Turkey. Two groups will make a large banner mural about an historic event of their choice, then "age" it by covering up pieces of the mural with ripped paper. Then, the two groups swap murals. Their jobs now are to "restore" the murals by filling in the blanks, and trying to figure out what the mural means. The website is informative on the process of mural making 9,000 years ago, and the job of a present day conservator. Also given are how-tos for making your own painting tools.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • fake hair
  • twigs
  • two sheets of 3'x3' banner paper
  • tempera paint
  • newspaper to protect the wall and floor
  • yarn, twine, or string to attach the hair to the twigs for brushes
  • cloth or rag
  • containers to hold paint
  • masking tape
  • writing utensils, paper
  • camera (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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