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Model Boat: Building a Boat Estimate and compare the size and quantity of wood needed to make an ancient Egyptian boat using human rowers as units of measure.
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Mummy Case: Measuring a Mummy Case Calculate the volume of the mummy case using ancient Egyptian, U.S. customary, and metric measurements.
Amenemhet: Wall Weight Calculate the weight of a limestone block in both metric and U.S. customary measurements.


Alexander Coin: Coin Content Calculate ancient Greek coin values as compared to their weight, equivalence in grain, and determine their worth today.
Cycladic Figure: Sculptural Statistics Conduct an experiment to determine the frequency of pulling various parts of an ancient Greek sculpture out of a hat.
Amphora: Aristophanes’s Party Calculate the length of time it will take for Aristophanes’s guests to deplete his supply of wine, and determine how long he can prolong that supply by diluting it.


Mosaic Floor: A Matter of Proportion Measure the relative heights of the mosaic giraffe and its trainer and compare their proportions to an actual giraffe and zoo trainer.
Fallen Warrior: Underwater Excavation Calculate artifact size and ship capacity based on the excavation of an ancient Roman shipwreck.
Hadrian: Measuring Supporting Structures Calculate the volume of the Pantheon’s columns and estimate changes in weight given different parameters.
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