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Other recommended reading for teachers and students


Suitable for broadly 7 to 14 year olds (National Curriculum Key Stage 2 and 3)

While the following are found in the children’s section of bookshops, they are also excellent introductions to Archaeology for adults.

Young Oxford Book of Archaeology
, N Moloney, OUP, 1995. Hardback, large format, full colour. An excellent book including the processes of Archaeology on land and under water and some of the most significant events in history and prehistory. An additional section deals with Ethnoarchaeology looking at what we can learn about the past by observing present day societies who still use ancient technologies. The author is both an archaeologist and a teacher. Highly recommended.

An Introduction to Archaeology
, L and R Adkins, Quintet Publishing Ltd., 1992. Hardback, large format, full colour. This is sadly out of print but you many find it remaindered. Similar to the Oxford book above with emphasis on excavation processes and finds analysis. Includes a background to the early days of Archaeology, how sites are formed and later discovered, all siting actual examples.

, ed. J Justice, New Horizon Library, Sampson Low, 1976. Hardback. One of the very few books for children, before the introduction of the National Curriculum, on the subject of Archaeology. Slimmer version of the Moloney and Adkins books here. Good background to the subject with examples of some of the most famous excavations of the ancient world.

Archaeology, C Goff, Macdonald Educational, 1974. Hardback. Similar to the above. Additional sections on the threat of modern building developments to buried sites and the place of ‘Rescue’ Archaeology.

Young Scientist Book of Archaeology, B Cork and S Reid, Usborne, 1984. Paperback, full colour. Very good inexpensive introduction to the scientific aspects of Archaeology. Plenty of diagrams, reconstructions etc.

Search for the Past, R Place, Ginn, 1987. Set of 6 booklets with additional Teachers Notes. Full colour. Themes include ‘Digging up the Past’, ‘Great Finds’, ‘Finding Ancient Things’ amongst others. The author highlights the place of Archaeology in historical investigation. Notes provide a wealth of suggestions for associated activities.

Digging up the Past series, Wayland. Includes Bodies from the Past and Clues from the Past.

Roman Archaeology, Miranda Green, Longman, 1988. Aspects of Roman Life Series. Small paperback, black and white. Summaries of processes, some of the famous sites and suggestions for activities and further involvement.


Seven Buried Canterbury Tales Seven Buried Canterbury Tales, Marjorie Lyle, M Lyle pub., 1996. A unique collection of children’s stories where each tale is inspired by an archaeological discovery made in Canterbury. Written with young readers in mind (8 to 11 year olds), the stories create credible snapshots of the past, from Roman times to the Middle Ages. Paperback, illustrated in black and white. Available from local bookshops or direct from Marjorie:
Becket's Bones to the Blitz Becket’s Bones to the Blitz, Marjorie Lyle, Chough Press, 1998. Seven more Canterbury tales for children, aimed at 9 to 12 year olds. With a similar format to the above, these stories take the reader from the times of King Henry VIII and his affect on the city to Canterbury’s Blitz in 1942. The collection draws on documentary sources, the evidence of surviving historic buildings and real-life experiences for its inspiration. Paperback, illustrated in black and white. Available from local bookshops or direct from Marjorie:

Suitable for older students and teachers

Current Archaeology. Well established inexpensive periodical appealing to both academics and general reader. Published 6 times a year. By subscription only. Articles about recent digs in Britain, developments in Archaeology, reviews etc. Write to Andrew and Wendy Selkirk, Current Archaeology, 9 Nassington Road, London, NW3 2TX.

Shire Archaeology series. A wide range of excellent small books covering a variety of themes. Each includes suggested reading for the general reader and more academic.

The Practical Archaeologist, J McIntosh, Thames and Hudson, 1999. Very well presented sections on the processes of excavation and what happens to the material (artefacts, human remains etc.) siting examples of well known excavations. Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white.

Archaeology: An Introduction
, K Greene, Batsford, 1995. A clearly written, comprehensive introduction to the subject.

Teaching Archaeology: A United Kingdom Directory of Resources, ed. D Henson, Council for British Archaeology, 1996. An extremely useful catalogue for anyone involved in teaching the subject, at all levels. Sections cover ‘Archaeology in education’ (schools, further, higher, adult, careers), ‘People, organisations and sites’ (contacts for national organisations, re-enactment societies, resources by region in England, plus those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Teacher’s Guide series, English Heritage Education Service. Clearly presented inexpensive A4 paperbacks. Series includes individual Guides to working with Maths, Geography and Science and the Historic Environment and Learning from Objects.

Canterbury, Marjorie Lyle, English Heritage/Batsford, 1994. Marjorie has had a long and intimate association with CAT since its inception and is an honorary education officer. This is reflected in Canterbury, a comprehensive overview of the development of the city from its prehistoric origins to the 20th century. The book draws heavily on archaeological evidence excavated by CAT, together with numerous historical references. Fully illustrated, both in colour and black and white. A valuable resource. Available at local bookshops or direct from Marjorie:

Canterbury: History and Guide, Tim Tatton-Brown, Alan Sutton, 1994. Another very comprehensive introduction to the city. Written by the former Director of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, archaeologist and historian Tim Tatton-Brown includes numerous references to the work of his excavation unit. This guide also has a set of useful Canterbury city trails.

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