Tomb Mapping

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In this activity, learners examine the culture and history of the tomb site. This experience begins by locating Egypt and the Valley of the Kings on the map using clues, including longitude and latitude and other map tools. Learners use geography skills to explore the Valley of the Kings, the site environment and the other kinds of archaeological sites in the area. Learners use math and mapping skills to map the interior of their room, just as archaeologists have mapped the inside of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. This activity is featured on pp.19-22 (part of a lesson that begins on p.16) of the "Treasures of the Earth: Discover Clues to the Past" unit of study for grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • map of Egypt (or globe)
  • graph paper
  • measuring tools (meter sticks, tapes, etc.)
  • map of the tomb produced by the Theban Mapping Project
  • maps of other known pharaoh's tombs and non-royal tombs
  • Pencils


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • Geologic Time
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • 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



  • All rights reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 2011

Funding Sources:

  • AAA Insurance
  • Indianapolis Honda Dealers
  • Key Bank
  • National Geographic