DIG Workshops

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DIG offers schools the chance to compliment their visit with a series of interactive 45-minute workshops. With the help of an archaeologist, let your pupils get involved and discover from the evidence exactly how we know about the people of the past.

Use archaeology to learn more about history

Key Stage 1, 2 & 3

Tracks of the Past

Who were the earliest settlers in Yorkshire and why did they come here? Investigate for yourself and follow the tracks of the past through the Stone Ages, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Find out what changed for people living in Britain between the different times and examine their tools, homes, and even their diets!

Life in a Roman Town

York started life as the Roman fortress of Eboracum in the 71 AD and archaeology gives us an exciting glimpse into what life might have been like back then. Using evidence from the fort, houses and workshops of Roman York, get hands-on and piece together an idea of how people lived in the bustling town.

Traders, Looters or Settlers?

Why did the Vikings come here and who were they really? Sorting through finds, examining tree-rings, matching chemical fingerprints and looking through microscopic clues will provide your pupils with the evidence to support their ideas about the Vikings in this fun, interactive workshop.

Burials & Beliefs

This workshop leads your pupils in an investigation of rites and practices from prehistoric to modern times. Pupils will engage in a debate about how different beliefs about society and the afterlife can be understood through burial traditions and the use of grave goods in different cultures.

Hearth and Home

Learn all about the places people called home, from simple wooden huts to great stone castles! Through hands-on activities, pupils will investigate building materials and styles and learn how archaeologists can reconstruct what a building might have looked like from the remains left behind.

Key Stage 4 & 5

People, Place and the Past – Changing Urban Landscapes

Using the Hungate area of York as a case study, this workshop explores ways of investigating and interpreting past and present societies within a changing urban landscape over 2000 years, from the Romans to 21st Century urban redevelopment.

Improving Living Conditions in 19th and 20th Century York

Using archaeological and historical evidence from the Hungate archaeological excavations, this workshop explores the important role played by York in the improvement of the lives and living conditions of working people in the British Isles.

The KS4 and KS5 workshops last approximately 1 hour and are charged at £3 per student.

Find out more about our workshops by reading our latest Learning Programme.

Looking for digital options? We know that you might be looking for more virtual content for your future lesson plans, so we’re working on expanding our existing digital learning programme. We’d be grateful if you could take this 1 minute survey – your answers will help us plan a enhanced programme with topics, formats and technology to suit you.