Be an Archaeologist!

Workshop length: 1 hour

Suitable for: KS1-3

This workshop introduces classes to archaeology based on finds excavated from the Folkestone Roman Villa. Children will investigate human skeletons and animal bones to discover why they are important in understanding life in the past.

During the workshop children can:

• Learn about archaeological techniques

• Learn how to age and sex a skeleton

• Handle original archaeological material

• Find out what we can learn from animal bone

• Measure rim sherds to identify pottery


Pre-visits: the class to have a basic understanding of what archaeology is and what archaeologist do.

National curriculum links:
History (Romans and local history)
Science (Bones, the human body, survival and decay)
Technology (changes over time)


• Pupils will identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods

• Pupils will learn about events beyond living memory

KS2 – 3

• Pupils will make a local history study

• Pupils will make a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends their chronological knowledge beyond 1066

• Pupils will learn about archaeology and the importance of different types of archaeological evidence in understanding the past

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