Saturday, January 25, 2014

iPad Archaeology - Studying Ancient Egypt

I always loved Egypt as a kid - I think was the mystery, the magic and the element of the unknown that created the romantic idea. That and Carter's discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and the subsequent series of fatal events that surrounded the discover. I even thought I wanted to be an Archeologist at one stage. Whenever you go to a schools and see kids exploring Egypt for a project or inquiry based learning activity it always generates so much enthusiasm and energy. I thought it might be fun to explore some of the apps on offer for exploring ancient Egypt and the re-discoveries that have been made in the last 200 years.

Britannica Kids -Ancient Egypt: $4.99 US
The perfect app for exploring the secrets of hieroglyphics, mummification, the Pyramids, Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, and other popular Egyptian topics. Learning has never been more fun with this interactive and educational app that is based on school curriculum.

Ancient Egypt by Kids Discover: $4.49 AU
Travel back in time to a mysterious land where pharaohs still rule, mummies abound, and workers construct massive pyramids and sphinxes under the hot African sun. Kids will explore the Great Temple at Abu Simbel with a virtual animation, experience daily life and culture in Ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Museum: $2.99 AU
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the world's most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities. The aim of the museum is to represent and display the diversity and heritage of Egypt. The museum creates a great experience for tourists by helping them connect history to the present.

Pharaohs HD: The Ancient Egypt $2.99 AU
The whole history of Egypt, with all its pharaohs, religion, daily life, customs, monuments, dynasties in one wonderful work. The whole world of ancient Egypt with a description of each pharaoh known, with special reference to Ramses II, the mysterious Tutankhamen, and even Akhenaten.

Gods of Egypt: FREE
Gods of Egypt lists and displays basic information about the major Egyptian gods. The app contains info images about the Gods important in the rituals, life and afterlife of the ancient Egyptians. The application also contains surprising images of statues, amulets and jewellery related to Egyptian Archaeology.

Egypt Temples: $2.99 AU
This app features many of the major Egyptian Cult Temples in complete detail. All of the mysteries of Egyptian cult temples are explained and illustrated with videos, photos, drawings and 30 highly detailed computer generated reconstructions. Immerse yourself in the 3D reconstructions and get a feel for the life and times of real Ancient Egyptians.

TimeMaps Egypt and Ancient Civilisations: $5.49 AU
Follow step by step the history of ancient civilizations and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians: the first big empires, who over five thousand years ago build imposing pyramids and temples, invented the wheel and developed sophisticated astronomical calculations and mathematics.

Ancient Egypt Virtual 3D: FREE
This scientific virtual archaeology application is an interactive 3D format reconstruction of Raneferef's hypostyle hall at the funerary temple in Abusir, Egypt. King Raneferef's hypostyle hall was virtually reconstructed according to available evidence and under the expert guidance.

The Pyramids: $7.49 AU
Fly around the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinth of tombs and passageways. Examine wall paintings in incredible detail, rotate royal statues and spin 3D objects. Everything has been painstakingly recreated from ultra-high-resolution digital imagery.

Genius Quiz - Ancient Egyptian History: FREE
What was 'The Book of the Dead'? Did you know that in the construction of the pyramid of Khufu over 2,000,000 blocks of stone were used? Who was the 'heretic' pharaoh husband of Nefertiti? Discover the secrets of the civilization that, thousands of years ago, built towering pyramids and massive temples.

Egyptian Gods: The Mythology: $1.99 AU
For over three thousand years, ancient Egypt was the greatest civilization on the planet. Inscribed on the tombs of its Pharaohs were depictions of their gods, who ruled supreme over this world and the next. Understand more about their ancient religion, get Egyptian Gods today!

Egyptian Heirglyph Decoder: $1.99 AU
Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder app allows you to look at Egyptian columns with Hieroglyphics and actually translate the Hieroglyphics. Tap the Hiero-glyphics images and see what letters they translate too - even make sentences. Read Hieroglyphics with the Egyptian Decoder App!

Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes: $6.49 AU
The Ancient Egyptian Papyri translations have been edited to make them both easy for the modern reader and beautifully illustrated. The Ancient Egypt Magazine said of it "The full colour illustrations by the author will make the book particularly appealing to younger readers, although adults too will enjoy"

Flow of History: $1.99 AU

It's history as it should be experienced: a dynamic fluid process instead of the standard names & dates approach to history you learned to hate in school, The Flow of History gives you world history in a series of 243 hyper-linked full-colour flowcharts. Now you can explore the connections between various historical events & processes, both across time & between cultures.

Games for Learning about Egypt:

The Timeline Builders: Pyramid Rising 2: FREE
Become the Pharaoh’s architect, build historic temples, manage your resources skilfully and avoid enemies to succeed! Great Pharaoh Touti and his friends are back for an epic adventure that will take you on a journey along the Nile in TimeBuilders: Pyramid Rising 2!

Escape the Lost Kingdom: $5.49 AU
A young family is invited to visit the newly opened museum in Egypt; while touring the museum they discover the long forgotten tomb of a cursed Pharaoh named Raned. After being separated you now have to play as each character. Help the family reunite, escape this long-lost Egyptian kingdom and discover the story behind the fascinating tomb and treasures that are buried within.

Egypt: The Helipelis Prophecy: $2.99 AU
Heliopolis, the City of the Sun, a centre of learning, is one of the largest capitals of Egypt in 1360 B.C. A terrible epidemic is threatening to destroy the city  Tifet, a young priestess of Sakhmet, the Goddess of disease and medicine, sets out to find a remedy to save her adopted father and the inhabitants of Heliopolis.

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