Experience a mini archaeological dig this summer term

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) invites schools to come and experience a mini Archaeological Dig this summer term at St John’s Museum, Warwick.

HCW’s Heritage Education and Archaeology Warwickshire have designed a special summer workshop for Key Stage 2 based at St John’s Museum that will give school children the chance to experience real archaeological exploration techniques.

Pupils will find out about the process of undertaking an archaeological dig, first discovering how to plan a dig using historical maps from our collections and then taking part in a miniature dig to uncover real and replica archaeological finds covering a range of time periods.  After measuring, sorting, recording and interpreting their finds they will practice a range of archaeological techniques, including reconstructing a human skull, reassembling broken Anglo Saxon pottery, using mathematical formulae to calculate key human characteristics and creating 3D models of some of their finds.

The workshop lasts approximately 3 hours and runs from 10.15 am to 2.15 pm at St John’s House Museum with an hour’s lunch break.  Part of the workshop takes place in our outdoor classroom.  This workshop is suitable for up to 2 classes at a time and has been designed in conjunction with experts from Archaeology Warwickshire to celebrate the Council for British Archaeology’s (CBA) Festival of Archaeology.  The workshop costs £8 per pupil (minimum charge applies) and will run throughout June and July 2017.  Bookings are now being taken and can be made by contacting Heritage Education on 01926 412069.

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