We are pleased our recent association with the Ur region Iraqi archaeological programme, saw project Director Dr. Moon give an educational talk about Babylon to neighbouring school.
Goodrich Primary is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School, situated in close proximity to Ross-on-Wye. It was here Dr Moon visited on Wednesday 29 June 2016. The children were treated to an informative talk about Dr. Moon’s life as an archaeologist and her experiences in Iraq and Baghdad.
Many people think all the ancient monuments are lost in Iraq, but most of Iraq’s ancient resources are still undiscovered.
Local pupils were taken on their own voyage of discovery – without even needing to leave their classroom – let alone heading off to Babylon!
Talking about their visitor, Mrs Lisa Taylor, Class Teacher enthused, “The children found this very informative as they are currently studying Early Islamic Civilisation as a topic”
I would argue that Dr Moon along with her fellow project Directors have become partial custodians. Simply as their collective aim is to protect Iraq’s endangered ancient heritage. Their work is fascinating and the children were treated to a real insight from a subject matter expert; educating future generations is so important.
Dr. Moon showed her young audience a short video of the site in Iraq, along with some pictures of a few things her team had found; they reportedly were particularly intrigued by a baby skeleton!
Year 6 students from Goodrich found out more about archaeological processes and how practitioners in the field operate. The pupils’ term topic of tolerance and values was addressed too, with reference to modern Iraq.
Dr Moon highlighted, “The questions I fielded were so perceptive and interesting. As a speaker it was very rewarding as the students were clearly well engaged.”
Dr Moon and fellow Director Dr. Killick will be heading back to Iraq in a couple of months for the opening of the new Basra Museum this September. Meanwhile, their next excavations in the Ur region of Iraq are scheduled to take place from January to April 2017.
For us, we are just happy that because of our new connection specifically with this project, that the talk may just have inspired the next archaeological ambassadors. We need to keep discoveries going and the importance of culture. It is important both for world heritage and education.
- Black backgrounds: Goddess plaque (10cm) and necklace with jar from double burial pot.
- Top middle is Dr. Moon with enthusiastic year 6 pupils from Goodrich Primary, while neighbouring Babylon, Dr Moon watches the Minister open the exhibition in Baghdad.