Introduction - Investigate a history mystery

Investigate the ancient past (between 60,00 BC - c.650 AD) by conducting research on one of these ancient artefacts.

Archaeology is the hands-on study of the past.  It often involves the excavation and examination of sites.  The careful study of these finds by archaeologists and historians can help tell us about the people who once lived or worked there. All over the world, archaeologists are discovering interesting objects that tell us more and more about the past.  Usually, these discoveries are so specialized that only a handful of scholars and experts ever get to hear of them.  But from time to time, major discoveries are made that are so unusual, rich or unexpected that they make headline news across the world.

In your research of ancient artefacts you will have the chance to look at some of these exciting finds.

Barnes T. (2004). Archaelology, Kingfisher, London.

Find out more about Archaeology from the National Geographic

eReserve:

  • Lawless, Jennifer, Cameron, Kate, (1996), 'The work of the historian', in Unlocking the past: preliminary studies in the ancient world, Thomson Nelson, Southbank, Vic., pp.5-12.
  • Lawless, Jennifer, Cameron, Kate, (1996), 'The work of the archaeologist', in Unlocking the past: preliminary studies in the ancient world, Thomson Nelson, Southbank, Vic. pp. 13-30.

Questions and preliminary notes have been taken and are acknowledged from Queensland Studies Authority (2013), 'Investigating the ancient past: a history mystery'