This program consists of an A/V presentation, a hands-on workshop and a tour of related shipwreck material in the museum. It introduces the concept of archaeology, outlines the development of maritime archaeology and highlights the specifics of working on a submerged site.
Students examine artefacts from shipwrecks, interpret evidence, investigate the role of maritime archaeologists, conservators and curators, and consider the heritage value of shipwrecks.
The workshop focuses on four areas of science related to the sea - buoyancy, corrosion, communication and navigation. These are investigated through a series of observations, activities and experiments. Other options may be available dependent on temporary exhibitions.
Students examine artefacts from shipwrecks, investigate archaeological techniques and consider the interpretation of archaeological material. A professional museum conservator presents a session on identifying a range of materials such as bone, metals and fibres and drawing conclusions from the findings (subject to availability).
Students view a range of shipwreck material on display and are required to observe, analyse, hypothesise and justify.
NSW Ancient History Stage 6
Ancient History 8.1
Investigating the Past: History, Archaeology and Science
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 NSW Marine Studies Optional Module 18: Marine Archaeology
Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit.