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Excavate! Byzantine Education Game

Welcome to the shop site for Excavate! Byzantine, our ancient Byzantine Empire education game. As part of the world history and social studies series Excavate!, this game focuses on aspects of ancient Byzantine civilization. Purchase this product for online (HTML 5), for iOS (Apple App Store), or for Android (Google Play and Amazon).  For a full description of the game, including reviews, lesson plans and other general information, please visit the Excavate! Byzantine product page by following this link.

This game supports game-based learning data collection for educators using the industry standard GBLxAPI format.

If you need the accompanying lesson materials, find the free download links below.

Teacher Guide

Artifact Based Questions

Inquiry Analysis Lesson

Game Description and Education Standards

Please visit the Excavate! Byzantine educational game site for for a full description supported C3 and ELA standards. As part of their standards, all Excavate! games feature game play that aligns with these educational standards.

Part of six civilizations in the Excavate! series, the Excavate! Byzantine game incorporates the science of archaeology into social studies learning.  For those interested, we offer discount pricing for bundles of 3 or more world history games.

A leader in social studies game-based learning, we at Dig-iT! Games focus our passion on world history games. The Excavate! games help make learning fun for students and teaching easy for teachers.

Classroom Discounts

For purchases of 30 licenses or more, we offer educational discounts.  If you want multiple licenses, please contact us for a quote.

The online version (HTML5 browser) can be purchased from this page.  If preferred, see other app store options below.

Apple App Store (iPad, iPhone)

Android Google Play Store (tablet or phone)

Amazon Appstore (Fire tablets)

The license is per individual. However, it can be installed on multiple devices for same-user use. App Store licenses may be different


Excavate! Byzantine Teacher Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this walks you through how to play the game and give ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Byzantine Guide- this provides the answers for the game’s content

Excavate Byzantine Artifact Based Questions

Free artifact based questions that are complimentary lesson plans for our Excavate! Byzantine Empire game.  These lesson plans are free and can be used with or without our digital products.

Download includes lesson plans for four sites in the Excavate! Byzantine game:

Hagia Sophia

Imperial Palace

Augustaion

Oikos

Learning Standards

Artifact-Based Question Guide Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.1.B – Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2.F – Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Excavate! Byzantine Inquiry Analysis Lesson

Social Studies Lesson Plan – Byzantine Empire

This free Inquiry-Based Analysis Lesson ( D-I-E ) is an supporting lesson plan for our Excavate! Byzantine Empire civilization history game for social studies educators – Activate student interest before playing Excavate! Byzantine by inviting students to describe artifacts and hypothesize their use in the Byzantine Empire.  Use the D-I-E lessons to record observations during game-play and to check their hypotheses for accuracy.  It is a fun way to prepare and engage with content while playing Excavate! Byzantine. (Answer sheet included)

There are four lesson plans including Hagia Sophia, Oikos, Imperial Palace, and the Augustaion which are the four sites students as archaeologists explore in the Excavate! Byzantine digital world history game.

These materials are designed for middle school and high school educators.  The educational game was designed for social studies classrooms for grade 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Free Social Studies Lessons

These lesson plans are provided free as part of our education mission at Dig-iT! Games.  Simply add this to your cart to download the games.  By downloading this free content you are agreeing to being added to our educational games newsletter.  You can remove yourself from the list at anytime.  If you purchase the classroom bundle edition they are included in your download.

Archaeology, Education and Games

Dig-iT! Games is a thought leader in bringing archaeology into the classroom with games.  Our Excavate! series of games builds upon the award-winning Mayan Mysteries game delivering world history civilizations to the middle school classroom.


Excavate! Mesoamerica Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Egypt Mesoamerica – this is the answer key for the Mesoamerica content.

Excavate! Egypt Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Egypt Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Egypt content.

Excavate! Greece Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Greece Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Greece content

Excavate! Mesopotamia Guides

There are two guides included here:

  1. Excavate! Guide – this will walk you through how to play the game and ideas for use in the classroom.
  2. Excavate! Mesopotamia Guide – this is the answer key for the Excavate! Mesopotamia content

Excavate! Rome Guides

Here are two guides:

Excavate! Overview – How to play Excavate! and ideas for your class.

Excavate! Rome Guide – This is your answer key to the Rome content.


Excavate Mesoamerica Inquiry Analysis Lesson

Social Studies Lesson Plan – Mesoamerica

This free Inquiry-Based Analysis Lesson ( D-I-E ) is an supporting lesson plan for our Excavate! Mesoamerica civilization history game for social studies educators – Activate student interest before playing Excavate! Mesoamerica by inviting students to describe artifacts and hypothesize their use in Mesoamerica.  Use the D-I-E lessons to record observations during game-play and to check their hypotheses for accuracy.  It is a fun way to prepare and engage with content while playing Excavate! Mesoamerica . (Answer sheet included)

There are three lesson plans including Aztec, Inca, and Maya which are the three sites students as archaeologists explore in the Excavate! Mesoamerica digital world history game.

These materials are designed for middle school and high school educators.  The educational game was designed for social studies classrooms for grade 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Free Social Studies Lessons

These lesson plans are provided free as part of our education mission at Dig-iT! Games.  Simply add this to your cart to download the games.  By downloading this free content you are agreeing to being added to our educational games newsletter.  You can remove yourself from the list at anytime.  If you purchase the classroom bundle edition they are included in your download.

Archaeology, Education and Games

Dig-iT! Games is a thought leader in bringing archaeology into the classroom with games.  Our Excavate! series of games builds upon the award-winning Mayan Mysteries game delivering world history civilizations to the middle school classroom.