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Links to sites relevant to archaeology and the National Curriculum

Useful links

Below is a selection of links to resources for teachers containing high quality information and great suggestions for activities. Don't forget to have a look at our resources too!


Archaeology

  • BBC History - Archaeology
    A good introduction to what archaeology is and what it can tell us.
  • Crop Marks – Why won't it grow?
    This lesson plan contains information for an experiment with children creating their own crop markings using cress or mustard seeds and Lego
  • Exploring Surreys Past
    This map contains archaeological and historical sites of interest around Surrey. You can find out more about where you live and where your school is, and what was in the area hundreds (and even thousands!) of years ago.

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Prehistory (Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age)

  • BBC Bitesize Primary - Prehistory
    BBC Bitesize Primary website has background information on the prehistoric period and 'Class Clips' that can be used in the classroom.
  • Imagining Mesolithic Life
    An excellent resource from the Forestry Commission Scotland entitled 'Imagining Mesolithic Life in Scotland's Forests and Woodlands'. It links to the Wolf Brother novel by Michelle Paver and is filled with activities and background information on the period.
  • Museum of London Resources
    The Museum of London website contains lots of free downloadable resources for teachers. There are several different resources on Prehistory, including a prehistory archaeology activity pa ck, prehistory pottery pack and a class timeline.
  • Life in Mesolithic Teesside
    This downloadable PDF (under the booklets section) offers a good overview of the Mesolithic period, offering information about different tools, daily life, and case studies.
  • For information about our Prehistoric loan box, see Archaeological loan boxes. Our loan box contains real and replica artefacts, as well as a teachers pack containing a summary of the prehistoric period, and suggested activities.

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Romans

  • BBC Bitesize Primary - Roman
    BBC Bitesize Primary website has background information on the Roman period and what it was like to be alive in Roman times. It also has 'Class Clips', short videos that can be used in the classroom.
  • The Picts in Scotland
    This downloadable PDF is all about the Picts in Scotland and can be used to help teach about the Romans in Britain. It contains background information about the Picts, how we use archaeology and written records to learn about how they lived, and some suggested activities.
  • For information about our Roman Loan box, see Archaeological loan boxes. Our loan box contains real and replica artefacts, as well as a teachers pack containing a summary of the prehistoric period, and suggested activities.

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Anglo-Saxons

  • BBC Bitesize Primary - Anglo-Saxons
    BBC Bitesize Primary website has background information on the Anglo-Saxon period and what it was like to be an Anglo-Saxon. It also has 'Class Clips', short videos that can be used in the classroom.
  • Sutton Hoo
    Information on the Sutton Hoo helmet, including teaching ideas and how the helmet and Sutton Hoo fits in with Europe and the rest of the world.
  • SCAU Anglo-Saxon Source Pack What can we Learn from Graves?
    This source pack contains a suggested lesson plan looking at Anglo-Saxon graves discovered in Ashtead.

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Vikings

  • BBC Bitesize Primary - Vikings
    BBC Bitesize Primary website has background information on the Viking period and what it was like to be a Viking. It also has 'Class Clips', short videos that can be used in the classroom.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Experiment with the Vikings
    This document contains a collection of activities that help incorporate science, technology, engineering and maths into your Vikings topic. The resource links directly to a number of topics including everyday life, weapons and warfare, travel and trade, and how we investigate Viking life using science.

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Medieval and Tudor

  • BBC Bitesize Primary - Tudors and Stuarts
    BBC Bitesize website has 'Class Clips', short videos that can be used in the classroom about the Tudors and Stuarts
  • Woking Palace
    Woking Palace is a hugely important site in the history of Surrey. In use throughout the medieval and Tudor period, you can learn more about it on this website, and also about our archaeological work there. For more information you can also have a look at our Woking Palace page
  • For information about our medieval and Tudor, and Woking Palace loan boxes, see Archaeological loan boxes.

If you would like to suggest any further resources, please email our Community Archaeologists at education.scau@surreycc.gov.uk.

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