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Students visiting a site

Going on a site visit

There are many thousands of historic rural settlement sites across the whole of Scotland, which would make excellent venues for a site visit to reinforce topic investigation and provide opportunities for hands-on learning experiences beyond the school gates.

Arranging a visit to an archaeological site might be a daunting prospect for any teacher. The RCAHMS Community Archaeology Team can help make this easier for you by providing advice and guidance. For assistance please email communities@rcahms.gov.uk.

As pupils explore an historic rural settlement site they can collect evidence and make notes of their observations about the site, just as an archaeologist would do. By taking part in simple archaeological activities, including sketching, measuring, drawing and interpreting a site, pupils can identify the archaeological evidence to build their own understanding of farming life in the past while developing their observation and recording skills.

The following are just some examples of how to apply some of the archaeological fieldwork techniques which pupils can undertake on a site visit to learning and teaching in the classroom.

Sketching

Measuring

Photography

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