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Classroom Activity: Ancient Gold Working

Classroom Activity: Ancient Gold Working

Gold objects, including jewelry, utensils, masks, and sculptures used in ritual ceremonies, were made in abundance by the peoples of ancient Central and South America prior to the encounter with the Europeans. Gold, never used as currency, was valued for its symbolic connection to the sun and the celestial realm. For a complete introduction to the history, technique, and style of ancient American gold wares, refer to Chapter 2 of the teacher manual The Arts of the Ancient Americas. This lesson is geared toward grades 3–5 and may be adapted for older students by using additional materials and more elaborate structural plans.

ancient, Central America, South America


Fine Arts, Social Science/History
Ancient Worlds

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