Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

Pick up the trowel and dig into archaeology!

Archaeology is the study of the human past through the physical remains that have been left behind. Combining archaeological excavation and documentary research the discipline pieces together the jigsaw of history from yesterday to the oldest Palaeolithic.

No matter your historical topic this session can be tailored to fit. 

During this Topic Day, students will be taught how to think like archaeologists and how to apply their new skills to their current historical topic. Through a mixture of science, experimentation and investigation students will learn the skills of historical enquiry and experience what it is like to work in the profession of archaeology.



How Does Archaeology Work?

Experience the profession of archaeology. 

During this session, students will have the chance to get their hands on real artefacts, from a range of historical periods. They will find out where the artefacts were found and how they were excavated, before being shown how to interpret each object to extract historical information. 

They will then use the clues they have discovered to build an archaeological picture of a past society.

This session, includes artefact handling opportunities, along with chances to explore a range historical and archaeological sources. The activities will encourage students to use the evidence of history to construct ideas and interpretations about the past. 

This is a good session to promote critical thinking and historical questioning. 



Metal Detecting

Join the hunt. Who will find the most?

In this session, students will learn how to use real metal detectors. They will find out about the rules of metal detecting and how the practice can both be archaeologically useful and destructive. 

They will then have the chance to go on a treasure hunt. Which team will find the most treasure?

Resources Cost 

There is no extra charge for this activity.



Excavation and Recording

Try your hand at the core skills of an archaeologist. 

In this session, students will learn the skills of archaeological excavation and recording. They will find out about the different types of excavation, how excavation techniques must be adapted to an individual site and the importance of recording an excavation for further research. 

They will then have the opportunity handle a range of archaeological artefacts and try their hand at recording an excavation of their own.

Resources Cost 

There is an extra charge of £2 per child for table top excavations.



Interpretation and Presentation

Discover how archaeology makes its way into museum exhibitions. 

In this session, students will find out about how excavated archaeology is interpreted, conserved and presented in museum displays. 

They will find out who puts all of the information together, how the stories of history can be told and finally test their skills by planning, interpreting and designing their own museum exhibition.

Resources Cost 

There is no extra charge for this activity. 



Experimental Archaeology

Create a piece of the past for yourself and discover how history worked.

Experimental archaeology is the construction of historical artefacts to find out how they were made and used. 

In this session, students will have the chance to create a piece of the past for themselves and find out how it would have been made. By making a historical object construction techniques, designs and the time it would have take to craft can all be understood better. 

There are a range of experimental archaeological projects offered by Time Seekers, including pottery making, weaving, mosaic construction, archery, fletching and sports. 

For more information about the options available contact Time Seekers.

Resources Cost 

There will be an extra charge for this session depending on the chosen activity. Please contact Time Seekers for more information.