Sunday, 28 October 2012

Make your own excavation pit

To continue our archaeology theme, this is our next project: make our own pit!!!
Isaac especially really enjoyed the pit at the Jewry Wall museum so we thought it would be a good idea to make our own.

Is this a find?
Looks like a Roman tile
So off we went to look for resources and ideas and we came across the most excellent Hands on History website by the BBC. Amongst the videos and resources, there's a section for families and lots of very interesting activities. Including a make your own pit download.

Archaeologists find out about the past by discovering artifacts, examining them and then recording what they have found, this activity takes you through the three processes and encourages the children to feel like the real thing. You can add both organic and non-organic objects to the pit and find out if they rot or not and how long it takes them to decompose.

Download the activity here.

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