Monthly Archives: May 2014

Borders Schools get to investigate an archaeological burial in their class!


As you know the pupils from the Borders have been given the opportunity to excavate an archaeological burial. Each class had 4 dig boxes with “human bone” and a range of artefacts that gave them clues to who this person was when he/she was alive. They were then placed in teams and collaborated together to come up with an interpretation on who this person might be when they lived.


Developing speaking and listening skills through Archaeology

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Heritage Heroes recently received funding from Paul Hamlyn, a fund which provides opportunities for young adults to develop their speaking and listening skills. The Primary 7 pupils from Hawick learning community were given the opportunity to work as an archaeologist. It was explained to pupils that archaeologists always work as part of team and clear communication was important throughout. Each pupil was given a role e.g.we had team leaders, investigators, curators and diggers. In their teams, they excavated an archaeological burial with human bone and artefacts. From the evidence the pupils had to come up with a theory on who this person was, is it male or female/rich or poor/ what job did this person have when they were alive and rather gruesomely how did they die! We’ve had some interesting theories from soldiers dying in battle to housewives falling over plant pots! To come up with these theories, the pupils had to listen to each others opinions on what the different artefacts might tell us about the life of the person buried below.
This session gave pupils the opportunity to develop essential transferrable skills for the workplace such as working together as a team and asking sensible questions to gain more information on the burial. Great debates were had among the pupils when deciding their interpretation. Why not have a listen to some of these theories and decide for yourself who this ancient person might be!

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What’s in the field beside you? Biggar High school survey the ruins of Boghall Castle

Once Boghall Castle was one of biggest castle to be found in the Southern Scotland, today it is easy to pass right pass and not notice it at all. Senior 1 pupils from Biggar High school explored this site with expertise and help of Archaeology Scotland and Biggar Museum Trust. Pupils discovered looking at OS maps of the local area, found out why the Fleming family decided on this once marshy land. The hills behind the castle gave it great protection and the Roman road in front where Biggar town  grew provided a gateway for getting around South Lanarkshire. Pupils discovered that this castle was built for defence with it’s thick walls and round towers which would have protected the family and the locals if they were ever under attack.

Ed Archer who excavated the site with Boghall castle came to visit and told the pupils of his discoveries, including evidence of attack from the remains of lead bullets shattering against the walls!

The pupils did such great work they even ended up in the Gazette, check out the article here!