Educational resources for schools

We offer a number of resources for schools and wider learning. Schools and teachers with particular requirements can get in touch at archaeology@york.ac.uk for more information. 

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Primary education

Prehistory at Starr Carr

An artist's rendering of the Mesolithic site of Star Carr, near Filey, North Yorkshire. Huts next to a lake.

Supporting PSHE and SMSC education, as well as history these resources include skills logs and story activities which can be grouped or used individually. See more.

What can food remains tell us about how Vikings lived?

A pair of hands holding a green fruit. Credit: Steve Ashby, taken at the Ribe Viking Center.

These resources are based on the requirement for Key Stage 2 National Curriculum History. Archaeological evidence from the Viking period can be compared with diets in three contrasting locations in the same period. See more.

Feeding Stonehenge

An artist's interpretation of a Stone Age settlement. Credit: English Heritage

We collaborated with others to create teaching resources that support 7 to 11 year olds working scientifically, with six activities set in the context of the Stone Age. See more.

Secondary education

Exploring egalitarianism using prehistory: a digital classroom kit

A setting sun over fields

Using an interactive personality quiz, a virtual tour of reconstructed houses and a ChatBot, students learn what egalitarianism is and how it is reflected in the archaeology of the UNESCO Stone Age site of ÇatalhöyükSee more.

Festivals, feasting and animals at Stonehenge

A platter of food laid out in baskets including cabbage and a cooked pig with Stonehenge in the setting sun in the background.
Credit: English Heritage, Andre Pattenden.

This resource supports the teaching of instrumental analysis, including gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GS-MS) time of flight mass spectrometry, using the context of archaeology. See more.

Hidden depths

An artist's impression of a woolly mammoth and a Stone Age man in a woodland area. Credit: Alexis Pantos/Hairy Stickman Productions

These three lesson plans use Stone Age archaeology to encourage discussion about what it means to be human. Designed to support Key Stage 3 PSHE and SMSC but can be adapted to other levels. See more.

Making Stone Age cheese

An open fire with Stone Age pots surrounding it and someone holding a small bag over a pot.

These resources use the context of feasting at Stonehenge to consider aspects of food processing, food allergies and intolerance, with activities including making cottage cheese. See more.

The science of making Stone Age cheese

Ingredients to make cheese lying on top of hessian material, with a mixing bowl in the Stone Age style.

Using the context of archaeological science, students investigate the diets of the people of Stonehenge and nearby settlement 4,500 years ago. See more.