Welcome to the Schools portal of our County Pages! Here you will find information and resources about bringing archaeology into the classroom through the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Archaeology is a rich and varied subject that can be a source of much inspiration, both for learning and for enjoyment. There are many areas of the National Curriculum (England) to which archaeology can make a positive contribution. This guide provides an introduction to archaeology, focusing on archaeological finds and the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. It also offers some suggestions for how to work the subject into your teaching, and some ideas and activities to help you get started.
Why include archaeology in your teaching?
First and foremost, it’s really interesting! Archaeology is a diverse and varied subject that links to a range of other disciplines. It is a source of inspiration, creativity and enquiry-based learning for all ages. At its heart, archaeology is about people and so it’s something that everybody can relate to one some level. It looks at the big questions such as the development of society, changing landscapes over time, and differences and similarities of past cultures. It can challenge historical assumptions of the past and can provide a rich source of material for stimulating discussion and debate. The multi-disciplinary nature of archaeology means that it can be tailored to fit a wide range of subjects. It also offers plenty of scope for hands-on, active engagement and can provide enrichment opportunities for their pupils.
The multi-disciplinary nature of Archaeology lends itself to a whole range of curriculum areas. Some general areas that it can be applied to are: research skills and using evidence; communication; literacy and numeracy; using ICT; managing information; critical thinking, problem solving and decision making; being creative; and working with others. The tactile nature of archaeology also make it a good subjects for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
This guide focuses on archaeological finds discovered primarily by members of the public and reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme. For resources about archaeology in general and some of the other disciplines involved, visit the Council for British Archaeology website.