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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.
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........
Select from one of the civilizations below or if you wish to have an overall Archaeology theme we can supply you with a mixture of civilization kits that will give you a greater diversity of excavated items to excavate and display.......
Each Kit comprises a block of soil in which is embedded a replica antiquity.
The object of the lesson is to carefully excavate the antiquity, clean and then restore as would a museum conservator. The item then needs to be identified (teachers are given identification sheets and our students research page has a lot of information), and then researched. Each student would then do an oral presentation describing the antiquity he/she has excavated. The class then does a report identifying and discussing what they have learnt. Kits can be purchased for the students as an option to an excursion, allowing the hands on activity to be available within the school and allowing each student to retain the antiquity they have excavated.
These kits are made based on museum artifacts, and are faithful replicas of the originals . Each item has been made based on the originals, some made by potters and artisans using techniques from ancient times and when excavated are a fascinating look into life ancient life. These kits give you a hands on lesson in archaeological excavation, research and artifact conservation as well as giving you an item that you can use for ongoing lessons on ancient history.
Instead of taking your students on an external excursion why not bring the excursion into the classroom. Instead of the students spending the money on an expensive excursion, they can have a hands on lesson in the classroom and have an ancient artifact to take home!
All these kits are hand made here in Australia. They are only available in limited numbers so make sure you allow plenty of time in planning your project. Please contact us with your order first to check for availability.
Shipping for all these items is extra. We charge shipping appropriate to your location. Contact us for shipping charges prior to ordering.
Pottery of the Ancient World
Excavate a reproduction of an ancient pottery item. Find out what this artifact can tell us about the society and culture it came from and restore it just as would a museum conservator.
Each kit comes as a pottery item buried within a block of soil. The pottery items are often broken and some will need to be restored........
Our "Pottery of the Ancient World" kit is composed of pottery from around the ancient world. Ancient oil lamps, pottery jugs, amphorae, Roman inkwells, Medieval decorated pottery sherds and much, much more....
Many of our pottery items are faithfully handmade by potters in Israel who have a long tradition of pottery craftsmanship that extends back for generations. Many of our items are made to our specifications based on items found in museums around the world.
The pottery items are buried and many will be found in a broken condition just like on an actual excavation. The pieces will need to be studied and researched even before they are restored. The object of this lesson will be to study, research and analyze the role pottery played in ancient society and to restore the item as would a museum conservator.
Some of these kits will have one large pottery (broken) item split between two of the kits.
The students will need to first identify the item they have excavated and temporarily tape the pieces together as a test reconstruction, then work with another student as team to fully restore the piece. This is a great way to promote team work within an archaeological setting.
The two students would then research the item together.
Some kits will contain pottery sherds that are highly decorated allowing the students the opportunity to investigate the culture behind these decorations.
Many of the items in this kit can be viewed on the "Students Research" page.
Worksheets, resource information will be available to download from our Teachers Resource page.
See our Students Research page for an overview of inclusions in this kit.
$17.95ea ORDER CODE HCA/PAW
Involves excavation, research and restoration
(This kit requires a fair amount of restoration - suitable for senior students or adults)
Each kit would suit 1-3 students years 7-12+.
Excavate a Roman site and discover the many facets of Roman life. This kit contains different objects from Roman life for you to excavate, examine, research and report.
Worksheets and research information will be available online on our Teachers Resource Page.
See our Students Research page for an overview of inclusions in this kit.
$17.95ea (Min 3) ORDER CODE HCA/RP
Excavate Ancient Egypt. Learn about life in ancient Egypt by excavating reproductions of ancient artifacts, statues, tomb reliefs and more....
Conserve, restore and research...... for it is in this process that you will learn most about life in Egypt over 2 millennia ago.
$17.95ea ORDER CODE HCA/TE
Only available in small numbers 3-50 units.
For larger classes Our Group Kit is available.
Suitable for group work 6 students per group.
Archaeology Classroom Kit
"The Outdoor Set"
for use outdoors...
create your own excavation in your school yard!
A great way to make your kit last for years to come!
Forensic Archaeology Skull Kits
A basic introduction to Forensic Archaeology.
Kit comprises of a reproduction skull with various applied pathology. The students must examine the skull looking for cause of death, sex, age and various other pathological findings.
Kit includes basic instructions and worksheets.
Skull Kit 1
$69.95AUD plus P&H Quote FORENSIC1
Skull Kit 2
$99.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE FORENSIC/FEM1
Skull Kit 3
$99.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE FORENSIC/MALE1
These museum quality skulls are cast from originals using "freestone" to mimic real bone.
Skull Kit 4
A set of a Male and Female Skull
$179.95AUD Plus P&H Quote FORENSIC4M/F
Forensic Archaeology in the Classroom
So why use a Forensic Archaeology Kit in the classroom?
This kit is an introduction to Forensic archaeology as an extension of our Archaeology Outdoor kit.
This kit comes with either 1 or 2 skulls allowing the students to study and research how archaeologists study human remains as part of an excavation. The students would examine the skull and attempt to analyze the sex, age and pathology of the remains.
Much can be learned from Forensics in the archaeological context.
Students use the opportunity of archaeological fieldwork to solve mysteries of the past.
Along with our other hands on activities this kit set allows diversity of study in the classroom situation.
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.
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!
Artifact Handling Kit W2
A set of 20 different antiquities from various periods to give a broad scope on Archaeology:
1. Herodian Oil Flask 100BC-100AD
2. Roman Shellgrit Dalesware Sherd
3. Roman Samianware sherd
4. Pottery base from Petra
5. Pottery Handle from Petra
6. Roman Box Flue from a Bathhouse
7. Roman Tesserae
8. Roman Coin
9. Roman Fresco fragments from a UK excavation
10. Roman Lock
11. Roman Fibula
12. Roman Weights
13. Roman Iron Horse fitting
14. Roman Beads
15. Opalescent glass.
16. Early Pipes from London
17. Medieval Roof tile - London - Great Fire
18. Victorian thimbles
19. Victorian Silver toy from an Archaeologist field survey
20 1807 Penny
Worksheets are supplied on an inclusive flash drive that comes with the kit.
$199.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE HANDLINGKITW2
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.
Clay Pipe Kit 1
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote PIPEKIT1
Clay Pipe Kit 2
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote PIPEKIT2