This lesson covers death and mourning in the prehistoric and ancient world by discussing related art and architecture including, but not limited to, Varna Necropolis, The Flood Tablet / The Gilgamesh Tablet, Ziggurat in Uruk, Royal Tombs of Ur, Great Pyramids of Giza, Tomb of King Tutankhamun, and Book of the Dead of Hunefer.

Adapting Materials

For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download the presentation in PowerPoint and the reading list and sketchbook assignment in Word.


This Art Appreciation OER was adapted from existing resources by Marie Porterfield Barry for the Fall 2019 semester as part of East Tennessee State University’s Open Educational Resources (OERs) Awards Program.