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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 Star Carr

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

Feeding Stonehenge

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. 

Ancient Dustbusters

Children between the ages of 7 and 11 will benefit from this inspiring programme communicating the importance of air quality and oral health. 

What can food remains tell us about how Vikings lived?

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.


Archaeology Data Service: primary education

Explore our themes of Prehistory, Roman Britain, Anglo Saxon and Viking and Ancient Egypt and Early Civilisations.


Secondary education

Exploring egalitarianism using prehistory: a digital classroom kit

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 Çatalhöyük. 

Festivals, feasting and animals at Stonehenge

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. 

Hidden depths

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. 

Radiocarbon dating (video link)

  

Dr Penny Bickle explains how radiocarbon dating works and how it can be used in practice.

Making Stone Age cheese

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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. 

The science of making Stone Age cheese

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

Archaeology Data Service: secondary education

Explore our themes of Modern History (WW2)Medieval Britain and Ancient History