Outdoor archaeological learning
We encourage people of all ages to be inspired by Scotland’s rich cultural heritage, and by the historic environment all around us. Exploring evidence from our shared past can help us understand the world we live in. We've published a collection of resources, articles and activities to encourage place-based learning. Archaeology is a methodology and a way of thinking that can help piece together clues from our shared past. Through observation and discussion, ideas and theories take shape. Using archaeological recording techniques at an historic site can be a great way to explore the past and learn in a truly cross-curricular context.
Through discovery, exploration and sharing, young people can develop their critical thinking skills, creativity, confidence and teamwork. Outdoor Archaeological Learning (PDF 8.2MB) is full of great content, with advice and guidance supporting a range of activity suggestions, from time lines to graphic stories and cut out models. It's all based around the idea of going to visit an archaeological or historic site, recording and discussing it, then creating an interpretative poster with both factual text and creative drawing and writing. Outdoor Archaeological Learning is intended for anyone taking groups of children to an archaeological site: teachers, youth group leaders and archaeological educators.