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 Out of Stock. 


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

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

Pottery Handling Kit ROMAN#2


A set of 12 pieces of Roman pottery including 2 large mortarium bases, several different categories of Samianware, glazed blackware, a Roman cheese mould fragment and others. A great variety of items for class lessons.

Comes with Information and worksheets.


$129.95AUD plus P&H 

Pottery Handling Kit - Petra 


This is a rare kit made up from a private collection belonging to an archaeologist.

It includes 10 pottery sherds including a Nabatean Pottery bowl base.

Also as a bonus are two Roman Tesserae from Roman Britain and a multi colour fresco fragment.

Comes with information and worksheets. 


This is the only kit of this type available and this will never be offered again.


$150.00AUD 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

RB41 Roman Pottery Handling Kit


A small set of Romano British Pottery sherds plus tesserae and a small fresco fragment.

From excavations in Roman Britain.

Comes with Worksheets.


 $34.95 plus P&H

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 R18


A set of 22 items suitable for a small group or a full class with students working in pairs.

This set has an original Roman coin. This is the last of these available from this archaeologist's collection. 


$39.95AUD plus P&H 

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