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Archaeological Skills


Archaeology is not just about digging. 

Why use objects? 

Using objects, old and new


We can learn a good deal about a society or culture by looking at the things or objects that people use. When we talk about man-made objects from the past, we call them artefacts.

Good reasons for using artefacts with children 


The tactile, hands-on experience will suit children across the ability range and can leave a lasting impression.


Teaching history 

Artefacts are primary sources of evidence for the past and can give a whole range of information: for example, about everyday life, materials available, technological skills, people’s values, trade and communication, change and continuity over time.

They offer opportunities to develop investigative skills: for example, identification, detailed observation, classification, interpretation, recording and communicating.

Teaching literacy and numeracy skills


Artefacts can be used as a vehicle to encourage:

  • Data recording

  • Expressing ideas

  • Creative writing

  • Descriptive work

  • Vocabulary development

  • Estimating shape and size

  • Measuring

  • Drawing to scale

Pupil's sketches of pbjects

Children at Diocesan and Payne Smith CEP School, Canterbury, practised their sketching skills.

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