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Welcome to Poole Museum Service's learning blog. This is the place to find out about what's happening in terms of learning at Poole Museum. The Learning Team will bring you regular updates about projects and opportunities and link to other interesting things. Please get in touch using the comments facility or by email or phone if you would like to discuss anything mentioned here.

Above ground archaeology

Trudie ColePosted by Trudie Cole at 01/10/2015 22:18:17
Our resident meso man Corwen with the fruits of the forage

Food for Free

We've had a lovely week teaching children about prehistory with our Changing Societies workshop. The fine weather has helped, but also the skills and knowledge of the staff who have helped pupils find out about how people lived and what they ate in hunter-gatherer and early farming societies in Britain. You can see some of what the children foraged in the picture. I tried one of the Beech mast myself and found it to be very tasty. Of course, one of the reasons we can do this and forage safely is because of the detailed knowledge that staff have, so please don't try this at home, unless you're sure of what you're picking and have permission.

Roman or not?

And whilst children were learning about prehistory I was refreshing my own field work skills, plotting the remains of the Roman House through triangulation, aided by archaeologists from Bournemouth University. We're hoping to do an excavation on site later in the year. In the mean time we're working on doing some research on other similar buildings.It seems to be that our ideas about the late Roman and early Saxon in this part of the World might need a bit of rethinking! It's a very cool project to be involved in.

Mayan maths

And given I've been doing some maths based archaeology myself this week, it's been great to speak to lots of teachers about maths and the humanities. Today I was answering enquiries about maths and the Mayans. Archaeology, history and geography are all great subjects to developing reasoning and problem solving in maths and it's really exciting to be able to work with schools on this. Want to find out more? Check out our maths in real life inset.


As well as all this good stuff, we've been lighting fires and cooking on school sites, putting in place some plans for environmental archaeology in schools, getting ready for lots of Victorians sessions next week and delivering lots of our new Mini Explorers sessions to preschools. 

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