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Archaeology

Get started as an archaeologist!

Learn all the skills needed to become an Indiana Jones and explore history with real artefacts, digging them out of the ground yourself. See how archaeologists piece together all the clues of history to tell one big story.

In this club children can have a go at all the practical skills of an archaeologist, including excavation and artefact handling. Many of the artefacts we use are real and date from a variety of time periods, including prehistory. The club will be run by a qualified archaeologist who still works on digs in the local area and can answer any questions the children may have about the process of archaeology.

Prehistoric artefacts

Introduction to Archaeology

Begin your archaeological training!

Explore how pieces of the past are recovered from the ground and learn how archeologists dig them up. Get your hands on the tools of the trade and get started with a cookie.

How many chocolate chunks will you find?

Hone your skills with larger excavations and handle real artefacts from many periods of time. Have a look at prehistoric axes or victorian jewllery and see if you can work out what the mystery artefacts are.

The Great Orme

Layers of History

Discover the layers of the past.

Explore a timeline that exists beneath our feet. Find out how Britain’s history has developed over time and how it came to rest in the ground around us. Follow in the footsteps of many great archaeologists and learn how clues can be found in even the most unlikely of places. 

Create your own stratigraphy model and see the layers build into a timeline of your own. Decide when your timeline starts and which artefacts to include to show it best.

Settlement at Beaumaris

Heritage Hunt

How do archaeologists find out where to dig? 

Discover how archaeological sites are found. Explore maps, charts and place names, play games of Where's Wally, archaeology style, to decide where to dig. 

Play a big game of Archaeology Hunt with your friends. 

Can you find your friend's treasure before they find yours?

Mellyondd excavation

Excavation

Get your hands dirty and get digging!

Try your hand at different types of arachaeological excavation. See what it is like to dig through dirt and sand, seeking clues to the past. 

Get your hands wet and see how archaeology works under water in the excavation tanks.

Artefacts display

Artefact Handling

Get your hands on the past!

Handle a range of real artefacts from Prehistory to the Victorians. Get a close up look at Prehistoric axes, Medieval pottery, Victorian jewellery and Roman mosaics. 

Find out how archaeologists use the broken pieces of the past to find out what life was like hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. 

Have a go at working out what objects are and participate in building a picture of people who lived long ago.

Roman Flask

Recording

How do archaeologists preserve what they dig up?

Have a go at recording archaeological artefacts. Take photographs and draw pictures of many real historical artefacts. Help to ensure that we never lose important archaeological information.

Sussex loop illustration

Archaeological Illustration

Peer into the past

Use your knowlege and imagination to design an illustration of a famous archaeological site. Hear stories of what happened in the past and use your artistic skills to show what the past would have looked like. 

Draw, model, use the computer or even lego. The past has never looked so good.