Carve a Cuneiform Cylinder Seal
One of the most iconic artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia is the cylinder seal. These were usually carved out of clay or precious stone and featured a unique pattern to verify someone's identity and “seal” important documents. Travel to ancient Mesopotamia with your kids by carving your own unique cuneiform cylinder seals. This hands-on activity is the perfect way to get your child interested in ancient cultures and history.
What You Need:
- Air dry clay
- Small dish of water for re-moistening clay as needed
- Sharp tool to incise the clay with (even an unfolded paper clip will work)
- Paint or stamp pad