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In this clip, an archaeologist explains to children visiting a museum why the discovery of a Viking grave is important. This is because in Viking burials, objects important to the person were buried along with the body. These objects tell archaeologists a lot about the buried person. For example, a sickle found in one grave is evidence that Vikings could be farmers as well as fighters and raiders.
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28 November 2008

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as part of a lesson about engaging with primary sources and artefacts. The class could explore how they can be used to provide evidence about the way people, in this case the Vikings, lived in the past. A possible activity would be to pause the clip at each point an artefact is shown. The class can be asked to try to deduce what it is, what it might have been used for and how it might have been made.