Excavate! Egypt Card Game
Each card deck allows 3-5 players for an average activity time of 30 minutes per session.
Each Excavate! Card Game Features:
8 People cards that highlight social roles
8 Place cards showing historically significant locations
32 Artifact Cards: primary source items excavated in the digital game
Sample card descriptions include:
Excavate! Rome Card Game
Excavate Card Game Rules
Participants (3-5 players)
Setup: Shuffle cards and lay out a 3×5 array of face up cards. Place additional cards in a draw pile nearby.
Play: Play is turn-based. Game continues until no cards are left in array.
Turn: Player selects 3 cards from array and explains how they are connected to the civilization. Other players listen and vote on whether explanation is historically correct or plausible: Thumbs up, player
keeps the cards and earns 1 point; Thumbs down, cards are discarded, no points are earned. Fill holes in array from draw pile.
Card Combinations: combinations must include either a person or location card. Combinations may not inlcude more than 1 person and/or 1 location card. Acceptable combinations are: Person, Location, Artifact; Person, Artifact, Artifact; Location, Artifact, Artifact.
Sample Gameplay: Player selects Doctor (Person Card), Colosseum (Location Card), Surgeon’s Tools (Artifact Card).
Explanation is: “Gladiators were treated by doctors with surgical tools after fights to preserve them for future fights.”
Printed Card Decks
The Excavate! Card Game is a companion curriculum learning activity that we developed for teachers to expand the Excavate! experience beyond the screen. Originally a free printable download for a DIY card deck, the game was so popular we decided to publish printed card decks for the Rome and Egypt civilizations. These are now available in limited numbers for a nominal fee to cover our production and shipping costs.
This middle school social studies activity is a great way to break into the discussion of a new civilization or review content throughout the school year.