Coastal and intertidal archaeology activities
In May 2017, more than 30 YAC volunteers from more than 20 of our local hands-on clubs met up in Formby and Southport in Merseyside for the annual YAC Leaders' Weekend.
This year our theme was coastal and intertidal archaeology, and the team from the Coastal and Intertidal Archaeological Zone Network (CITiZAN) designed and delivered the activities.
You can read all about what we got up to (and see some of the great photos of our leaders!) in our YAC blog post.
About the resources
It is now possible to download the resources prepared for the weekend to use with your YAC club, school class or youth group. The activities have been designed for use with young people aged 8-16 in a range of contexts. They can be used both in the classrooom and on site; they could be used by individuals, families (including home-schoolers) and youth groups, as well as in formal teaching.
The activities are fun and interactive, and support the National Curriculum at Key Stages 2 and 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Currciulum for Excellence in Scotland. Clear learning objectives are set out in the session plans, and each theme is supported by a range of activities of varying lengths and complexity.
● Archaeological recording techniques, for example offset planning
● Timeline activities
● Experimental industrial archaeology linked to the alum and salt industries
● Role-plays and craft activities
● Archaeological games and quizzes
Use the links below to download free PDFs of the resources. They are available as one complete download, or as separate sections:
Complete booklet comprising an introduction, session plans (1-5) and worksheets (140 pages)
Introduction to coastal and intertidal archaeology
Session 1: Introduction to intertidal archaeology with associated worksheets
Session 2: Waterlogged contexts with associated worksheets
Session 3: Coastal industry with associated worksheets
Session 4: The seaside with associated worksheets
Session 5: Ships and boats with associated worksheets