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Secrets of Lost Empires. Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "Medieval Siege," scheduled for broadcast on January 24, 2006.

Secrets of Lost Empires

In the film, which is a part of the NOVA series Secrets of Lost Empires, a team of timber framers and other specialists design, build, and fire a pair of trebuchets, a devastating engine of war popular in the Middle Ages. Here's what you'll find online: Medieval Arms Race The trebuchet was only the most frightening of the weapons early European warriors employed in siege warfare. They also relied on battering rams, siege towers, tunnels - anything to gain access to a castle. Defenders, meanwhile, had a few tricks of their own. NOVA Builds a Trebuchet Follow a slide show that documents NOVA's successful attempt to build and shoot a giant trebuchet, the most destructive war machine that ever laid siege to a medieval castle.

Medieval Arms Race | NOVA Builds a Trebuchet | Life in a Castle Destroy the Castle | Resources | Transcript © | created January 2000. Not Everyone Lived in Castles During the Middle Ages. Activity 1.

Not Everyone Lived in Castles During the Middle Ages

Priests and Monks Review the types of medieval people studied in Activities 1 and 2. Then ask the students if they can think of group of people who lived during the Middle Ages who have not yet been mentioned. (As a hint, mention that during the Middle Ages most people in Europe were members of the Roman Catholic Church.) Their responses should include priests, monks, friars, and nuns. Begin group research of this topic by reading together the text found at Religion available through Learner.Org. Now read about medieval monks at Monks and Nuns available through Learner.Org's Middle Ages. Remind the students of the illuminated images they viewed in Activities 1 and 2. The multiple prayer services took place in the church at the abbey, although those monks who were out in the fields simply kneeled and prayed where they were.

Assessment Discuss with the students what they have learned about the monks. Activity 2. Farming The homes of the commoners were small but far from cozy. The Renaissance Connection, from the Allentown Art Museum. Medieval. Wouldn't it be terrific to travel back in time to explore a castle and see knights in shining armor and beautiful princesses?


Just think of all the magnificent sights and heroic tournaments you would witness! But what was it "really" like to live in Medieval Times? Perhaps you would like to see all this through the eyes of a serf, a knight, a princess, or maybe even a monk. In your quest you will discover the world of the feudal system and explore Medieval castles. You will complete projects along the way to progress from being a mere serf to attaining the title of king or queen.

Your serfdom will begin by watching a few short video clips from the movie Ever After. Are you ready to learn what is kept in a keep, how a morning star is used, or what (besides water) can be found in a moat? Throughout your quest, keep in mind the "big question" you are seeking to answer: What was life "really" like in Medieval Times, and what do we know now that could have made their lives better? Email me. Fascinantes momies d'Égypte - Quand la science remonte de fil de l'histoire. Ancient Civilizations: Maya. Global rating average: 0.0 out of These websites are about the Mayas and their culture.

Ancient Civilizations: Maya

There are lesson plans, maps, timelines, quizzes, and cartoons. There is information about their culture, government, religion, and more. Includes a link to eTheme resources on Native Americans: Maya and Ancient Western Civilizations. Grades Links Maya Kids This fun site has information about the Mayas, their culture, and where they lived. Education Standards Request State Standards. Holocaust Resources for Teachers.

The Middle Ages: Feudal Life.