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.


$29.95AUD plus P&H (Discount applies for orders of 100 or more.)

Some of the items included in the Pottery of the Ancient World Classroom excavation kit. Some large pottery items are included between two kits.

Ancient Egypt - Classroom Excavation Kit


Excavate a reproduction of an ancient artefact or figurine, 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.


$29.95AUD plus P&H ( a discount applies for orders of 100 or more).

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.

Colour and pathology vary.

Our kits are made to order and can take 4-6 weeks to prepare.


$60.00AUD plus P&H  




We have a range of Forensic Archaeology Skull Kits available for use withe run the classroom as an in-class project or as part of an Outdoor Excavation.

The range of kist include 3 different trauma/pathology case studies each made from a replica 1:1 skull. These are suitable as part of the Senior year 7/8 and 11/12 

school curriculum for historic analysis. Each kit comes with the skull, individual case study profile sheet, Sexual dimorphism worksheets and identification sheets,

Dental sheet and basic instructions.

We do have access to more complex kits that are moulded replicas from original ancient excavated skulls and come with the excavators reports.

Contact us for details.

Research Material

Excavations at Altun Ha, Belize - 3 Volumes


A 3 volume excavation report from the Royal Ontario Museum on the Excavations at the Mayan site at Altun Ha in Belize. These are the reports of the 7 year excavations by ROM. They include comprehensive descriptions, Maps and artefact drawings and a myriad of maps and tomb drawings.

An interesting resource for students on how Archaeologist reports were written and specifically Pre Columbian history.


$100.00 plus P&H. (Australia Only).


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

Roman Frontier - The Limes Kit 201


This group of pottery come from a Roman frontier fort at Goedereede on the Roman Limes, the border between the Romans in the South and the Germanic tribes to the north.

Goedereede was the western most fort alongside the sea after a previous fort literally built on the waters edge was washed into the north sea in 17th century. 

Goedereede was a defensive and major trading fort. It was excavated in the 1950s and again in the 1980s and these pieces come from a recent excavation at the site.

This large pottery sherd group contains many "diagnostic' or "identifier" sherds being rims and decorated body sherds as well as a group of large body sherds.

The pottery is dated to 1st/2nd century AD.

An ideal kit for a hands on study of the Roman empire. It comes with basic reporting sheets for the students to use in their research and presentation as well as the printout sheets about Goedereede that came with this group.

Your students will get to handle, examine and research pottery from a Roman frontier fort that its almost 2000 years old.


There are enough pieces for every student in the class.


$149.95AUD plus P&H  

Roman Frontier - The Limes Kit 202


This group of pottery come from a Roman frontier fort at Goedereede on the Roman Limes, the border between the Romans in the South and the Germanic tribes to the north.

Goedereede was the western most fort alongside the sea after a previous fort literally built on the waters edge was washed into the north sea in 17th century. 

Goedereede was a defensive and major trading fort. It was excavated in the 1950s and again in the 1980s and these pieces come from a recent excavation at the site.

This large pottery sherd group contains  a group of large body sherds and 2 "Diagnostic" sherds being a rim and a base.

The pottery is dated to 1st/2nd century AD.

An ideal kit for a hands on study of the Roman empire. It comes with basic reporting sheets for the students to use in their research and presentation as well as the printout sheets about Goedereede that came with this group.

Your students will get to handle, examine and research pottery from a Roman frontier fort that its almost 2000 years old.

This kit allows a class of 30 to examine the pottery in pairs.


$69.95AUD plus P&H



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 SOLD

Pottery Handling Kit - Londinium 1001


This artefact handling kit comprises ten pottery sherds that were excavated by a liscenced excavator on the banks of the Thames in central London. He is liscenced with the Portable antiquities scheme (UK) and with the Museum of London.

These pieces are from the area of the original site of Roman Londinium along the banks of the Thames.

This kit is designed to be used in the classroom promoting historic research and enquiry using a hands on interactive process. The kit comprises 10 artefacts and can be used with a small group  of a conventional classroom of thirty.

The object of the resource is to divide the group into ten so that each individual or group has one artefact to examine and research. The group will need to examine the piece, research the item and write a report on their findings. They would then do a presentation before the group based on what they have found. The kit can be reused with the same group if needed by swapping the artefacts and seeing if another group comes to different conclusions.

The kit can be displayed in the school library or at a school event or parent /teacher evening as a “Museum Artefact” display using description cards included with the kit.

A brief description and a series of prompt questions is given of each of the artefacts. The kit comes with worksheets.


$150.00AUD plus P&H SOLD



Pottery Handling Kit - Londinium 1002


This artefact handling kit comprises ten pottery sherds that were excavated by a liscenced excavator on the banks of the Thames in central London. He is liscenced with the Portable antiquities scheme (UK) and with the Museum of London.

These pieces are from the area of the original site of Roman Londinium along the banks of the Thames.

This kit is designed to be used in the classroom promoting historic research and enquiry using a hands on interactive process. The kit comprises 10 artefacts and can be used with a small group  of a conventional classroom of thirty.

The object of the resource is to divide the group into ten so that each individual or group has one artefact to examine and research. The group will need to examine the piece, research the item and write a report on their findings. They would then do a presentation before the group based on what they have found. The kit can be reused with the same group if needed by swapping the artefacts and seeing if another group comes to different conclusions.

The kit can be displayed in the school library or at a school event or parent /teacher evening as a “Museum Artefact” display using description cards included with the kit.

A brief description and a series of prompt questions is given of each of the artefacts. The kit comes with worksheets.


$150.00AUD 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 SOLD

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

Neolithic Handling Kit 1011


A research and investigative kit from the Neolithic period. Flint working tools, arrowheads and necklaces from the UK, The Sahara and Mali. This kit comes with the artefacts and a basic worksheet.


$49.95AUD plus P&H SOLD.

Neolithic Handling Kit 1012


A research and investigative kit from the Neolithic period. Flint working tools, arrowheads and necklaces from the UK, The Sahara and Mali. This kit comes with the artefacts and a basic worksheet.


$49.95AUD plus P&H SOLD

Social History Artefact Handling Kit L1


A group of original pipe bowls from the banks of the Thames in London. From the 1600s through to early 1900s many Taverns existed along the banks of the Thames in London. As the social tide turned and people frequented taverns and not only men but women and children began to smoke this tobacco from the new world society changed. Are there similarities to your city and its history?

A chance for students to examine the different pipes and try to work out their age and who made them.

Research the culture of the tobacco industry where tobacco was sold in the tavern and a free pipe supplied. 


$29.95AUD plus P&H

Social History Exercise 1 - Harold Holt Newspaper 1967.


Its Christmas 1967,the Prime Minister Harold Holt has gone missing......What else is going on in history at the time?
It was my first year of High School, back then they called it 1st Form. I didn't have an iPhone like year 7 students today. I took photos with a Kodak instamatic. To dial the phone at home you had to pick up the hand piece and WAIT for a dial tone before you then rotated the dial. Special bonds were the way to invest!
Dad wanted a Falcon for Christmas, no not a car, a pipe! Cold War spies were in the news again and Batman was on TV tonight along with Rin Tin Tin and Lassie and on Sunday night Disneyland, and Dad watched the Mavis Bramston show! The jobs page, hmmm Stenographers are in demand, and a spray painter now earns in an hour what they were paid in a week in 1967.
A lesson in social history for your class to explore.
The TV guide alone will have the students scratching their heads!


$19.95AUD plus P&H

Grandpa's Retreat Archaeology Research Project #11


$39.95AUD plus P&H SOLD.


Suitable for Junior primary through to Senior secondary students. 

What is archaeology? It is the study of our ancient past, but how do students, especially young students relate to archaeology or grasp the concept of "Ancient" 

when it comes to studying the past. For junior students this is a difficult concept. 

This basic kit is a great introduction to students as it brings forth a scenario that would involve not just the class itself but also parents and 

grandparents. Imagine in a thousand years time an archaeologist was to excavate your town, maybe even your house or your grandpa's house? What might they find?

They might find iPhones and televisions and computers, McDonald's wrappers perhaps or a myriad of other familiar items that your students are familiar with.

But....what about Grandpa's garage? Young students can grasp the time frame to their grandparents but many items in this kit they may not be familiar with.

A wooden clothes peg may look like something they are sort of used to but what are all those other things in there? The idea of this kit is for each student in the class to pick one of the items from the "Excavation Jar" and try to work out what is is and what is was used for. They may take the item home and do some Grandpa research and engage the grey haired wisdom of their family. 

Each student would then present a case study on the item before the class after they have engaged their grandfathers (or fathers) insight. I am sure some Grandpas would even jump at the chance to do the presentation with their Grandson or Granddaughter. That could be an option. This kit can be used by all class levels and can be used again an again.

Comes with basic worksheets.

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.

Social History Interactive Archaeology Kits