Heritage Education – Archaeology Mini Dig

A special summer workshop for Key Stage 2 based at St John’s Museum.
Experience a day of archaeological exploration techniques.  A special summer workshop designed in partnership with Archaeology Warwickshire.
Let your class experience real archaeological exploration techniques.  Use investigative skills and learn about the process of undertaking an archaeological dig. Learn what we find can tell you about the past. Workshop uses real and replica objects from our collections from a range of time periods.
This cross curricular workshop has been developed in partnership with Archaeology Warwickshire. The workshop develops skills key to the history, maths and English curriculum.
The workshop includes:
  • How to plan an archaeological dig using historical maps from our collections
  • The chance to uncover real and replica archaeological finds in our miniature dig
  • Practicing archaeological techniques such as measuring, sorting and recording finds
  • Skills in interpreting archaeological finds
  • Hands on archaeological techniques, including reconstructing a human skull.
  • Reassembling broken Anglo Saxon pottery.
  • Using mathematical formulae to calculate key human characteristics.
  • Creating 3D models of some of their finds.
Pupils will be able to practise skills in:
  • Chronological understanding – place archaeological finds in date order. Understand a timeline of British history.
  • Change and continuity – discuss the significant changes between their various archaeological finds.
  • Significance – explain the significance of their finds and what it tells us about life in the past.  What are the limitations of archaeological techniques? Where else could we look for information?
  • Interpretation – use evidence and techniques to identify characteristics from different time periods.
Key skills:
  • Historic enquiry – comparing/contrasting information, identifying and analysing evidence
  • Use of resource – use of different archaeological and historical sources.
The workshop lasts approximately 3 hours and runs from 10.15 am to 2.15 pm.  Part of the workshop takes place in our outdoor classroom.  This workshop is suitable for up to 2 classes at a time.

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