Archaeology Scotland’s sources for Advanced Higher History

Steffani Broadfoot volunteers for Archaeology Scotland while being on a gap year from university.  She became involved with Archaeology Scotland in high school. Here, Steffani talks us through Archaeology Scotland’s resources, which she used as primary evidence for her Advanced Higher History qualification. Her field was ‘Northern Britain: From the Iron Age to 1034’, one of three Scottish history fields offered at Advanced Higher.

“I discovered my passion for the past after a couple of History lessons, however, did not become a member of Archaeology Scotland until high school. From then on, I got involved with various events and received information on new archaeological discoveries, excavations and research through Archaeology Scotland’s journal, Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES).

When I started doing Advanced Higher History, I incorporated the DES journals into my lessons. I also found out that we would be learning about Northern Britain: From the Iron Age to 1034, therefore, the journals were fantastic primary sources for looking up artefacts to use as examples to support arguments within the source questions and essays, and for researching more recent evidence for my dissertation about the Iron Age Celts in Scotland.

In addition to DES, Archaeology Scotland loaned me their Iron Age and Roman Artefact Investigation Kits for a week so that I could take them into school and present them to my History class. This was invaluable in the sense that they not only kept us all excited about the topics, but that they brought the various artefacts that we had been learning about to life and were another remarkable primary source that gave us an overall understanding of certain topics.

I would definitely recommend using Archaeology Scotland’s DES journals and their Loan Kits to other students who are looking to go beyond the basic requirements and to expand their knowledge.”

-Steffani Broadfoot March 2020

Cover image: Roman Artefact Investigation Kit showing real and replica Roman Scotland artefacts snug in their loan kit box (c) Archaeology Scotland

Posted by: Rebecca Boyde, Youth Engagement Officer, Archaeology Scotland

Archaeology Scotland 75 years (c) Archaeology Scotland

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