Welcome to I Dig Archaeology!
I Dig Archaeology! is an education program like no other. Students are fully immersed in the archaeological process where they must see, hear, touch, think and speak the language of archaeology...
IDA is an interactive, hands-on education program where the wonder, excitement and practicalities of archaeology are ripped out of dusty old textbooks for students to experience for themselves.
Our programs deliver an authentic and potent learning experience for students of all ages. In our feature program, the simulated excavation, a carefully prepared 'site' is brought to your school for students to excavate. Students will be active participants in the archaeological process by learning and applying genuine archaeological excavation and recording techniques: they will plan, budget, excavate, record, recover, analyse, interpret and publish archaeological material, all using the latest digital and other technologies.
There are a number of programs available for students to experience different aspects of the archaeological process. The programs range in duration from a little as one hour to the entire day. Please take some time to read about our different programs, and feel free to contact Program Director, Melissa Sorial, to discuss the educational outcomes you hope to achieve from participation in the I Dig Archaeology! program.
latest program updates
We would like to gratefully acknowledge GML Heritage Pty Ltd for their support of the I Dig Archaeology! program.
Our new colonial Australia simulation is coming very soon, thanks to the generous donation of real colonial heritage artefacts. Read more...
I Dig Archaeology! gets flipped. In an exciting new addition to our learning programs, students will have to complete an online tutorial in field methodology prior to our visit, learning in detail the techniques they will be applying in the field. Read more...
Click here to read about our new I Dig Archaeology! education packs, tailored to suit the needs of your school, which provides you with everything you need to design and implement your own simulation at school.
Read about the ways in which archaeology features in the new National Curriculum read more...
Or the ways in which the program caters for gifted and talented students read more...
Click on each of the programs below to learn more about them:
* There's an Archaeologist in the Classroom!
* Simulated Excavation program
Read about the structure of the simulated excavation program:
* Shorter 2 hour program
* Longer 4 hour program
(full day immersion)
Student numbers and cost
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