Monuments, Myths, Marketplaces & More: Three Ancient Societies and their Cultural Legacies 

In collaboration with Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Harvard Art Museums

Summer Institute (Hybrid Format)


Monday July 29, 2024
Location: In-person

Tuesday July 30, 2024
Location: In-person

Wednesday July 31, 2024
Location: Online

Thursday August 1, 2024
Location: In-person


Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit ($160)


Partnership educators: Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: Non-partnership educators: $1,000 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Esp. for teachers of ancient societies and world history (Grade 6+)

Drawing upon the exceptional resources of three Harvard museums, this institute offers teachers of ancient societies (and interested others) an opportunity for immersive learning on three world regions: Mesoamerica (the Maya), Mesopotamia, and Egypt/Nubia. How did these civilizations organize power and structure their societies? How did leadership interface with religious ideology and creation myths? And how did natural environments affect the products these societies created and traded? We will examine some of their chief cultural and historical legacies using the museums’ collections, including their original writing systems, art and architecture, and religious beliefs. While the institute will draw upon DESE’s new Investigating History materials (authored by Primary Source), the emphasis will be upon building background knowledge in conjunction with scholarly experts in order to teach these topics with confidence. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


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Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.