Ancient Civilizations India
Ancient India Website Staff Room
Welcome to the British Museum's website on ancient India. These 'Staff Room' pages have been developed to help teachers get the most out of the website for themselves and for their class. It is predominantly aimed at upper Key Stage 2 schoolchildren and their teachers but we hope that other groups may find it useful too.


link to description of the site
An overview of the structure of the site:

link to explaination about resources
A description of the types of resources available:

The Geography chapter presents the basic geographical features of Ancient India and focuses on the environment around the Indus River and the civilization that developed there.

The Buddha chapter tells the story of the Buddha. The chapter also focuses on the Great Stupa at Amaravati, a large Buddhist monument built in south-eastern India between the second century B.C. and the third century A.D.

The chapter focuses on the growth of civilization around the Indus Valley. Children can explore the ancient Indus Valley city of Mohenjo-Daro and look at some of the artefacts found by archaeologists from this excavation.

The Writing chapter details the numerous scripts used in Ancient India. An 'epigraphy' activity allows children to investigate one of the undeciphered Indus scripts.

The Time chapter introduces how time was kept in ancient India, and includes multiple time lines tracing different aspects of life and culture in the Indus Valley civilization.

The Hinduism chapter shows the evolution of the gods and goddesses and the development of beliefs which form the basis of the modern Hindu religion. It features stories from one of the early Hindu epics.

by chapter

We have the following resources focusing on the chapter:

by topic

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by historical skills

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link to educational goals
A statement outlining the educational framework within which this website was constructed.


link to set-up advice
Practical guidance on: classroom set-up, using the website, printing, navigation.