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Presenter James MacKenzie visits the Museum of Scotland to find out what an archaeologist's work involves. An archaeologist, Dr Andy Heald, explains that they find out about the past by digging up objects in houses and settlements. They discuss what objects in the museum reveal about the Vikings. It is obvious what some objects were used for, however others are confusing as parts are often missing or have rotted away.
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First broadcast:
28 November 2008

Classroom Ideas

Children could consider and compare the Viking objects shown with objects that would be found from modern times. Useful as a stimulus resource to examine how society has evolved but civilisations still use similar items like weapons, games, fashion and money. This could also be used to demonstrate how archaeological evidence from one site is used to build up a picture of how people lived in Britain. This clip is useful to further pupil's own research into the Vikings.