Archaeology : Evidence Loan Box

Our loan boxes are now available to borrow once again.  Even though the Museum remains closed to the public for the time being,  the loan boxes can be collected and returned at pre-arranged times.  Covid-19 procedures are in place to ensure that you can safely use the loan boxes.

Our loan boxes are designed to support teaching and learning of National Curriculum topics. The Archaeology: Finding Evidence Loan Box is designed to demonstrate the importance of evidence, and its interpretation, in archaeological and historical enquiry.   This loan box focuses on showing how archaeological evidence is uncovered and includes objects made from different  materials and  dating to different periods of history. 

The loan box allows students to explore the concept of historical analysis, whilst still focusing on “establishing clear narratives”. It provides a hands on exploration activity which covers concepts of evidence gained from archaeology and other more recent artefacts, helping to make clear where historical evidence comes from.  Suggested activities include chronology, past object function and historical evidence.


  • Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives
  • Pupils should note connections, contrasts and trends over time”
  • Teachers should combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content


  • Pupils should extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning
  • Pupils should identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time
  • pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response

Although the activity of ‘digging’ for objects is simplistic for KS3 children, concepts that can be explored through use of the loan box include: extending chronological understanding;  the essential nature  and role of evidence in historical understanding; evaluating different sorts evidence and their relation to historical accuracy; use of primary sources in historical investigation; interrogation of objects in historical investigations; bias in historical interpretation; and historical analysis.

The activities can also serve as a link to other subjects such as science and geology, and an introduction the properties of different materials, and how fossils are made and what we can learn from them, with an information sheets on recommended geology activities.

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These loan boxes may also complement this box.

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