Lesson ideas

Art and design

KS2 Using a range of recyclable materials, ask children to make their own model of a wheeled vehicle.

KS3+ Using the COMPASS database, and any other sources available, ask pupils to find as many objects as they can from the Oxus Treasure. With these objects as the starting point for their work, they should build up material for a collage (or other mixed media project of their choice) which interprets the hoard of material as a whole.

Art and designcitizenship

KS4+ The figures in the chariot are identifiable as Medes due to their attire.

Students could survey the depiction of race in a museum or via a museumgallery database. What issues are raised in depicting racial characteristics? They could produce a piece of artwork, in any media, which addresses these issues.

History, maths

KS1-2 Ask the children to name as many different forms of transport as they can, both contemporary and from the past. Having listed them, they could then sort them in a variety of ways, using Venn diagrams if desired.

KS3 The chariot, though only 18.8cm long, is built more or less to scale. Ask pupils to calculate the best estimate of the dimensions of the chariot if it were full size. Is it possible to work out roughly how much of each of the materials you would need to make the chariot in its original wood and leather?


KS4+ Provenance is a key issue with the Oxus Treasure. Students could choose two objects in a museum and find out about their provenance. They should try and include an object with a "good" provenance, and one with issues around it. Discuss if and why provenance matters: how does it affect our knowledge of the past? Develop ideas in an essay.

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