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Roman Dig



Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum in South Shields is built alongside the remains of a former roman military base which supplied 17 forts along the length of Hadrian's Wall.

Sue Pierce from Ashley Primary School in South Shields has brought her Year 6 pupils to the fort as part of their KS2 study of the Romans in Britain. This is the third year running Sue has brought pupils to Arbeia, each year she has been able to adapt her visits to enhance the learning outcomes of the trip.

The highlight of the day is a visit to 'Timequest' a recreated archaeological dig which allows pupils to dig up real Roman artefacts, bringing the subject to life. Later in the day the children get the chance to meet Kevin Inkster a real archaeologist to see the processes learned in 'Timequest' for real.

Back at Ashley Primary the following day the pupils demonstrate what they learned on the trip by making Roman style pottery, meals and manuscripts.

Published : Sep 2005

15 mins


Primary Teacher


Primary History

Historical enquiry

Romans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons

Whole School Issues

Primary Trips


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