HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

Bringing the Past Alive...

Interactive Archaeology...

That is what we are all about!

 

 

Why use our products? 

 

Hands on activities enrich the students learning processes.

They provide a means for moving the student beyond the standard classroom learning environment allowing them to as one scholar put it ..."To shake hands with the past."

They allow Ancient History and Archaeology to be presented in a variety of ways.

  •  Archaeology is a great motivator....it brings the past into the present allowing students to research and learn from our ancestors...interactive archaeology allows them to reach out and touch items/artifacts once used by people from our past.
  • Interactive Archaeology is a great way to stimulate students that have different learning styles and difficulties.
  • Archaeology is our primary resource about people from our past and gives the students insight into how they lived, worked, ate and died and in essence broadens their understanding beyond their own environment.
  • Interactive archaeology helps students investigate, research and analyze evidence teaching them new analytical skills and observation.
  • Interactive archaeology is not purely restricted to the topic of Ancient history but broadens out into other subjects such as: Data recording (Mathematics),Pottery/artifacts design and decoration (Art), study of written texts (writing), research and reporting - presentation (Creative writing/English and Public Speaking).

These are just a few areas that interactive archaeology can broaden a students studies and development, so why not try some of our kits and resources....

All our kits work on the assumption that the teacher or coordinator has a good understanding of the basics of archaeology and excavation techniques.


So why not give us a call before........
 

NOTICE TO NSW SCHOOLS

For the past 15 years Historic Connections has kept our prices low due to your response in paying for all order prior to despatch. If you choose to continue to pay prior to despatch the costs as listed on our website will remain unchanged.

However if you adopt the NSW EDConnect Shared services system which requires us to ship before payment and issue invoices, then you will incur a 15% surcharge due to our costs in additional labour and paperwork involved.

We cannot change the prices on our website as most of our customers are outside the new NSW Government arrangements being international customers, interstate or private schools.

Pottery of the Ancient World - Classroom Excavation Kit


Excavate a reproduction of an ancient pottery artefact, learn how to excavate, research, report and present your excavation findings to your class. Work singly or in pairs to excavate one of a number of pottery reproductions that we have made in the Middle East. They are faithful reproductions of ancient originals. The kit comes with an excavation brush and tool and Information sheets, reporting/recording and research sheets and forms. 

Each pottery item is buried in a broken state as if it was on an actual archaeological dig site and will require, excavation, cleaning, restoration/conservation then research and reporting. Each kit is approximately the size of a standard house brick.


A great introduction to experiencing Archaeology hand on.


These kits are available in limited numbers and must be ordered 2-3 months ahead of your required date.

A deposit will be required at time of ordering.


$21.95AUD plus P&H

Ancient Egypt - Classroom Excavation Kit


Excavate a reproduction of an ancient pottery artefact, learn how to excavate, research, report and present your excavation findings to your class. Work singly or in pairs to excavate one of a number of reproductions that we have made. They are faithful reproductions of ancient originals. The kit comes with an excavation brush and tool and Information sheets, reporting/recording and research sheets and forms. 

Each item is buried, some in a broken state as if it was on an actual archaeological dig site and will require, excavation, cleaning, restoration/conservation then research and reporting. Each kit is approximately the size of a standard house brick.


A great introduction to experiencing Archaeology hand on.


These kits are available in limited numbers and must be ordered 2-3 months ahead of your required date.

A deposit will be required at time of ordering.


$21.95AUD plus P&H

Forensic Skull Kit


This is a 1:1 replica skull for basic introduction to Forensic anatomy.

This skull will come with worksheets. Suitable for determining sex and understanding cranial anatomy.


$60.00AUD plus P&H

Artifact Handling Kits

 Analytical Research - Activities

 Artifact Handling Kits

 

Historic Connections are always developing new ways to make studying history a true adventure..... hence our catch phrase "Bringing the Past Alive..."

Our latest series of kits, "Artifact Handling Kits" bring the experience of a real museum right into your classroom. Your students will have the opportunity of exploring the Ancient Roman Empire (and others) by using real artifacts to study and research the material culture of Ancient Rome. These artifacts will stimulate your students interest as they handle and then study artifacts that were actually used by citizens of Rome 1600 -2000 years ago. An opportunity to handle a real piece of history, putting them literally in touch with the past.

From time to time as they become available we will offer artifacts from other cultures as well including written documents and pottery items from the recent and ancient past.
These kits perfectly suit analytical research, by allowing students in group work to identify, research, analyze and interpret artifacts.

Students will then understand that everyday objects used by everyday people thousands of years ago will unlock an understanding of our past unrealized before and hence make their study of history so much more real.

Genuine artifacts

Great for hands on research in the Classroom...

These kits are practical tools for the classroom:

They can be used again and again over the years.

Can be used with all class ages.

Suitable for school library display when not being used as a handling kit!

NEW KITS COMING SOON...

Contact us for details.


 

Artefact Handling Kits

Artefact/Pottery Handling Kit #W104


This is a combined artefact and pottery handling kit comprising 27 items designed to suit a hands on lesson for the classroom.

The kit contains:

Roman Tesserae from a British Roman excavation.

A small amphora/perfume container from Israel.

A Section of Roman bath house Hypocaust tile from Roman Londinium.

Roman Coarseware from an early 20th century excavation on the Island of Gozo in the Mediterranean.

Various "Identifier" sherds of Roman Samianware, one with makers mark.

Roman glass.

Impressed Roman blackware.

3 Roman Coins

A Roman Fitestarter.

A Roman Fibula.

A Romano British Base of a pot.

A large amphora rim.

A Nabatean Fineware bowl base from Petra (From an Archaeologists collection.)


The kit comes with worksheets and an identifier sheet.


$199.99.00AUD plus P&H


Pottery Handling Kits

Why is it important to understand pottery excavation in archaeology?

Pottery fragments or what are commonly called sherds are found in archaeological excavations all over the world. The are a window into the past for the people that one lived there.

They are almost indestructible, being castoffs once the original pottery item was broken or no longer of practical use. However a small sherd can tell us a lot.

But how? If you were to show a vintage car part to a person who collected vintage cars or was a specialist restorer of a particular marque, say a holden. He/she just from examining 

a door handle or a hubcap could tell you all about the particular model of car from which that part came. He/she would tell you the date it was manufactured, what were the special

characteristics of that model, where it was made and if it was a base level model or a luxury model. Even more so, an archaeologist can examine a tiny broken piece of pottery and because

of his/her study tell you where it came from, what approximate date it was manufactured and on closer examination of its fabric they could tell you all about how it was made.

These basic kits cannot give you all the expertise of a seasoned archaeologist but they give you and your class a basic look into how this process works.

You will need to do some research yourself. You will need to touch and feel pottery that once adorned someones table thousands of years ago. Try to imagine what it was used for,

examine the cross section and the form of the sherd.....is it the base of a pot, or maybe the rim? If it is the rim, can you work out the size of the original?

Has it been glazed, painted or are there stamped or embossed decorations? What do these mean? Look at the cross section on the broken edges. Do you see tiny pieces of broken shell?

What are they doing there? What is "grog" in pottery manufacture? What does it do?

That piece of Samianware from the Roman villa....what does it indicate? What does it compare with today, and that makers stamp on the bottom, does it indicate it may have been imported.

If you find a lot of expensive Samianware or Terra Sigilata on a site what would that indicate?

A great resource is: "Pottery in Archaeology Edition 2" by Clive Orton and Michael Hughes. available in hard copy and digital download.

Have a look here for glimpse of the book: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=blxUsbQgOIoC&pg=PA3&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Roman Pottery Case Study

"The Oyster Pot from the Roman Villa"


A case study from a Romano British Excavation. The Romans loved oysters. Evidence of this is found all over the Roman empire from Pompeii to Britain and beyond. This group of large pottery sherds come from an excavation in Britain. The pieces were partially restored by students at the local University and then returned to the excavating archaeologist.


Examine the pottery and the case history. (The original location will not be revealed due to land ownership requirements.) This will come with what was 7 pottery sherds now partially restored, a general case history and images of one of these pots that had been fully restored and pottery worksheets. 


$89.95AUD plus P&H


Pottery Handling Kit FECTIO 104


A set of 27 Pottery sherds from an excavation at a Roman Frontier Fort in the Netherlands. An introduction to pottery identification. Comes with basic worksheets. for class lessons.


$69.95AUD plus P&H 

Pottery Handling Kit FECTIO 12


A set of 10 pottery sherds from an excavation at a Roman Frontier fort in the Netherlands. An introduction to pottery identification.

Comes with basic worksheets. 


$49.95AUD plus P&H

Pottery Handling Kit FECTIO 11


A set of 10 pottery sherds from an excavation at a Roman Frontier fort in the Netherlands. An introduction to pottery identification.

Comes with basic worksheets. 


$49.95AUD plus P&H

Pottery Handling Kit FECTIO 16


A set of30+ pottery sherds from an excavation at a Roman Frontier fort in the Netherlands. Includes body sherds, identifier sherds and painted/glazed pottery. An introduction to pottery identification.

Comes with basic worksheets. 


$89.95AUD plus P&H

Pottery Handling Kit Lincolnshire Grey #4


A set of 10 pottery sherds from an Archaeologists collection in the UK. These pieces are Roman courseware from a Roman Villa Site in Lincolnshire.


A basic introduction to Pottery analysis. Comes with basic reporting and worksheets.


$29.95AUD plus P&H

Neolithic Artefact Handling Kit #2


A set of 12 Neolithic Tools from Mali in West Africa. Ideal for students to study and research Neolithic items.

This kit comes with the 12 original artefacts only. No worksheets.


$31.95AUD plus P&H SOLD


MORE KITS AVAILABLE. Contact us for details.

Surface Survey Kits

Surface Survey Kits are designed as an initial low cost introduction to Archaeology practice. They each contain a group of artefacts found by Archaeologists in the UK during actual surface surveys. The object is to study the group as if you have just done a walk through survey of a field 1. by sight and 2. using a metal detector. Try to identify as many items as you can and work out what you might deduct from what has appeared on the surface of the field surveyed. Each kit comes with artefacts only. No worksheets.

Surface Survey Kit R13


A set of 15 items suitable for a small group or a full class of thirty students with students working in pairs.

Each Kit comes with a bonus Samianware Diagnostic sherd. 


$29.95AUD plus P&H SOLD

Social History Interactive Archaeology Kits

Clay Pipe Kit #2

Imagine you are an archaeologist excavating an old tavern site in Sydney's Rocks district.....
On this site will be found building remains, pottery and the remains of many clay pipes that were discarded once they were no longer of any use. Drinking and smoking went hand in hand for many years, and it is part of our social history that archaeology can explore.

We have some basic introductory kits that will allow a group of 10-30 students explore such an investigation. These kits contain 10 items (plus bonus) that will need to be researched and investigated then completed with a presentation. The kits come with a simple instruction sheet with suggested research options and a worksheet.These kits comprise items excavated in the UK.


$19.95AUD plus P&H