Need a fun way to bring the past to life in your classroom?
Want your class to find out how archaeologists really work, and handle real ancient artefacts?
Invite us to your school!
We run hands on school sessions for Key Stages 1 and 2. Activities explore archaeological techniques ranging from identifying and drawing ancient artefacts to conducting excavations.
Our workshops start off with an archaeological finds session. Pupils learn about chronology by handling and sorting a mixture of real and replica objects from sites across the county. In one session, Robin class at Yaxham Primary School learnt about the Romans by examining a “Roman grave”. Assisted by our friendly skeleton, the children used archaeological clues to work out that the grave belonged to a young adult male, who was very wealthy and looked after his appearance. They also thought about what future archaeologists would find if they discovered us in 2000 years. Earlier this year Poringland Primary School recreated an archaeological dig in their flower bed, by carefully excavating objects they had buried there a few months before. This helped them to think about what sort of things survive in the ground and how that influences what we know about the past.
Our sessions are tailored to work with individual school projects, and can be adapted for almost any archaeological period or theme, making use of local evidence from the Historic Environment Record.