Teaching archaeology to kids in and out of the classroom

The Archaeology Symposium at The Big Dig, 27-29 May 2012

‘Teaching Archaeology to Kids: in and out of the classroom’

On 27-29 May 2012 a symposium called ‘Teaching archaeology to kids: in and out of the classroom’ was held at The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre in The Rocks, Sydney.

It was a successful and valuable exchange of ideas between archaeologists, teachers, museum and heritage professionals from states and territories all over Australia.

The purpose of the symposium was to stimulate discussion and exchange ideas about pedagogy for teaching and learning archaeology, create a professional network of like-minded educators who teach archaeology to students aged 5-18 in Australian schools, museums and heritage sites and to produce a collection of refereed symposium papers suitable for publication in a book.

This event was generously hosted by the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre and Sydney Harbour YHA, and followed on from National Archaeology Week 2012.

The focus was on pedagogy and delegates were asked to address the following question in their presentations:


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Hosted by the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre and Sydney Harbour YHA


The names of the presenters and the title of their papers are listed below. Click on the entry to see an abstract of the paper and a biography of the presenter. A book of the papers is in preparation and advice will be forthcoming when it becomes available for purchase.


What teaching and learning methods do you use to teach archaeology to school students aged 5- to 18-years in or out of the classroom?

Click here to download a copy of the Symposium program


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