Share in the excitement of a child interviewer who finds an artefact when joining an archaeological dig and is shown how their find is part of a much bigger item. The viewer is engaged by being shown clues to think about the type of job. Archaeologist’s equipment is shown to allow for discussion on how it is used. Explore the job of an archaeologist now and through time. Information is shared through the interview with a modern archaeologist, archive film clips, still images and a moving timeline to help children grasp the chronology of archaeology. Discover how the role has changed over time starting with a focus on Augustus Pitt Rivers who introduced a system of ordering objects found from oldest to newest to study how things had changed over time. You gain an understanding of how you can dig up history to discover exciting things about the past. You are shown how the discovery of artefacts helped to form our understanding of the past.

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Helps to address the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some could be used to compare aspects of life in different periods. Look at the dress and equipment of the archaeologists through time. The tools don’t change, but the clothes do. The children could also be encouraged to dig an area in the school grounds to discover some things which could be 'planted' beforehand. They could then place the objects in order from oldest to newest, looking for clues in the materials used, the age, style etc., just like Augustus Pitt Rivers did. This would be an engaging starting point for some art and descriptive writing about their own history mystery of one or more of their 'archaeological finds'. They could start with art – a detailed observational sketch of their find. Then find out the facts by looking closely for clues and if this doesn’t answer all their questions, they can then use e-learning to help. This process nicely spells out 'Artefact'. This could be linked to the current theme in History – whether linked to changes within living memory, events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally or significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.