Common Sense Review
Updated February 2015

NOVA: Ancient Worlds

Fascinating multimedia resources explore ancient history
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Learn all about the history and process of mummification.
  • Virtual tours, maps, and images allow students to explore the ancient worlds.
  • Articles provide in-depth look at a wide range of topics.
  • Short videos to capture student interest and preview lessons.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

NOVA's Ancient Worlds collection is full of engaging resources that teachers can use to supplement their curriculum. Teachers should take time to explore the wealth of resources available on the site. Videos, interactives, and articles offer opportunities to engage students on a range of topics from ancient history to mythology and archaeology. The short video clips (all are two to three minutes long) are great attention-grabbers to begin a lesson or a unit. Cataract surgeries, nose jobs, and composite bows will definitely capture the minds of the students. The full episodes and articles provide detailed examinations of high-interest topics including Secrets of Noah's Ark, the Ghosts of Murdered Kings, and Ancient Roman Recipes. The interactive slide shows and maps fit well for independent or group work as students can explore a topic at their own pace. Teachers may want to create guided questions and/or follow-up assignments to focus student learning. Overall, this tool is a good substitute for classrooms that can't take field trips to museums or historical sites. 


  • Ten Ways to Make a Mummy: Text and images highlight the techniques used in various regions and time periods.
  • Emperor's Ghost Army: Fifty-minute video explores the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China's first emperor. 
  • Explore Ancient Egypt: An interactive tour of the old and new kingdoms of Ancient Egypt with maps, text, and photographs.
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