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Discovering Archaeology
and the Bronze Age


Bronze Age themed resource for new Prehistory programme – the BOAT KIT 

As a product of ‘BOAT 1550 BC’, we now have a number of, identical BOAT KITs lodged with the CAT BOX collections for loan to Kent schools; in accordance with the project aims, sets of kits are also held in Northern France and Flanders, for use with schools there. 

Contact us to enquire about borrowing a kit.


A BOAT KIT contains:


  • Teaching Guide with a summary of the Dover Boat discovery, a Bronze Age themed scheme of work written by CAT and Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education, examples of Bronze Age sites in France, England and Belgium illustrating similar cultures and a section about Archaeology and 21st century processes used to investigate the past.

  • USB pen with images, the scheme of work, some short, informative and entertaining videos and a nice animation showing how to build a prehistoric house.

  • Replica bronze axe, pottery ‘Beaker’ and bronze dress pin to show pupils the skills our ancestors were capable of 3,500 years ago and the materials available to them.

  • Catalogue from the ‘BOAT 1550 BC’ exhibition describing the shared cultural practices between Northern France, Kent and Flanders in the Bronze Age, with some key discoveries illustrated.

  • Other items for simple activities around the work of archaeologists.

Bronze Age Boat Kit
Bronze Age Boat Kit

A subject knowledge and teaching guide 

This comprehensive subject knowledge and teaching guide can also be found as a booklet in the BOAT KIT, a collection of various resources designed principally for school pupils and students and a product of the European projectBOAT 1550 BC’. Sets of the BOAT KIT are now held in France, England and Belgium, for creative teaching and learning with pupils and students.

Get their little grey cells working with some enquiry based lessons based on two archaeological discoveries made by Canterbury Archaeological Trust: the amazing Bronze Age Boat found at Dover and an intriguing Bronze Age burial from the Thanet Earth site.


This scheme of work is written by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education for the BOAT KIT, a product of the European project ‘BOAT 1550 BC’.


You can adapt the pupil resource sheets to suit the needs of your class by copying content into Word, for example, and making alternative sheets.


The subject knowledge and teaching guide is a product of the expertise of archaeologists and educators in each of the three countries and draws on archaeological techniques, sites and discoveries along the English Channel and North Sea.  While Section 4 is aimed at primary schools, other content will appeal to students of Archaeology and those looking more deeply into the subject. Section 2 in particular gives a breadth of accessible insight into the work of archaeologists and related specialists.




Many thanks are extended to all involved in the ‘Boat 1550 BC’ project for preparing and proof reading the texts.

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