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EVIDENCE

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Kevin Hall (kehall)
Sun, 02 May 1999 22:55:25 -0700


My students are currently working on creating "Evidence Kits" to be
analyzed by another classroom group. (For a detailed explanation of
this activity, refer to the "Classroom Forum" section in Walk 3 of the
Philosophers
Forum--http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/resources/Philos/Walk3/facts.html).
I am in the process of writing up questions to accompany the analysis of
the "Evidence Kits." Many of these questions have been developed from
previous contributions or questions posed by members of this group. If
anyone is interested, could you read through them and make suggestions
to improve on the stated questions or suggest additional questions to
supplement this activity.

1) Each "Evidence Kit" provides clues or evidence describing a nearby
location. If you discovered these items two hundred years from now, how
would you go about analyzing the objects? Explain the process or write
down the steps you used to make inferences about the site.

2) Hypothesize the function of each object found in the "Evidence
Kit." What type of information did each artifact provide? (You may
want to record this information in a chart or on a spreadsheet.) What
piece of evidence was crucial to the investigation? What evidence
assisted least in the process?

3) Do the objects in the "Evidence Kit" tell you anything about the
values of the group of people who made or used them? What speculation
could you make about their religious, political, ethical, social, or
economic ideals?

4) What do the properties of the objects (color, size, etc.) tell us
about their aesthetic value? How do these aesthetic values relate to
their other values? (For example, the mummification of individuals
tells us a great deal about the political and religious ideals of the
time. The design of the tombs tell us something about their aesthetic
values and the ways the aesthetic values connected to their political
and religious values.)

5) Based upon the items and descriptions found in the "Evidence Kit",
write a paragraph describing how the particular site looked.

6) Looking at the information relating to Trajan's Forum
(http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/Browsing/Trajan/index.html),
what conclusions can you draw about Roman life? Do you think this
structure represents a typical building of the time? Where did ordinary
people live and what were their homes like?

7) What conclusions can be drawn by future generations about our
culture from the evidence they are likely to find? Do you think people
in the future would be more likely to learn more about us from our
artworks than from our garbage dumps? Why or why not? Explain your
answer.

Thanks for any input you can provide!

Ellen Hall