|This afternoon SWAAG members Ric, John, Shirley and Sue went to Arkengarthdale School to deliver an archaeology workshop. The introductory session covered principles of archaeology and how to be a History detective before a discussion about different types of materials and what finds can tell us. We then moved on to a brief discussion on flint tools and fossils before talking about the landscape around the Hagg site and what features the children might look out for when they join us on-site in the near future.
We split into three groups: Finds, Fossils and Flints. Each group had examples to look at and handle.
The children in the Finds group took it in turns to describe an object and to consider its origins, features and function. They especially enjoyed the Roman roof tile with cat paw prints and the fragment of mortarium.
The Flints were good examples of their type including an intricately-made arrow head and a hand-axe from the Paleolithic.
There was a wide variety of Fossils; children enjoyed handling them and talking about the creatures that they represented and the processes which had formed them.
The groups then rotated round so that by the end of the afternoon they had all experienced the three activities. We ended the session with time for drawing a favourite object.
Many thanks, Arkengarthdale School, for your warm welcome and the enthusiastic engagement of staff and pupils. We look forward to welcoming you onto the Hagg in due course!