Investigating the Past: Murder Mysteries and History

Learn how to think about and investigate past mysteries- like a murder mystery, and finding the oldest object in your house and how it got there, Become a scientist plus detective rolled into one.

Course Details

(This course is targeted at children entering Grades 5, 6, 7 in 2020-21)


Do you enjoy watching/ reading murder mysteries where detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot investigate the murder? Do you get engrossed by questions like- Who is the person who has been murdered? Whom do we suspect as the murderer? What might the motives be? What evidence do we have to say that X murdered Y? If your answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, you have the makings of a historical investigator. Archaeologists and Historians piece together clues to figure out what happened in the past.


In this course, you will start learning how to think about and investigate past events through activities like solving a murder mystery, finding the oldest object in your house and how it got there, what lessons a 15,000-years old fractured human femur bone found in an archaeological site offers to us in these times of corona virus, how mosquitoes have shaped human history and so on. 


In short, you will learn how to combine the abilities of a scientist and a detective to become a historical investigator.



About Facilitator:

Sriram Naganathan

Sriram Naganathan has been closely associated as a resource person with IgnusERG, a group of professionals working to improve the quality of education for marginalized children across India at elementary and secondary levels.

When he finds time, Sriram also teaches History at The School-KFI, Chennai.

Sriram trained in Business Journalism at the Times Research Foundation in Delhi and was a Reuter Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He held editorial positions in publications such as Business India and Business World, and wrote for publications such as Asian Venture Capital Journal and Oxford Analytica before moving to the field of education full-time. Sriram also advises Venture Intelligence, which tracks deals in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India.