Storytelling Kit

Get hands on with history!

Archaeology Scotland’s Storytelling Kit explores the past through real archaeological artefacts – and the stories they can tell. The kit introduces learners to the idea that artefacts are objects can help us to understand the past, and is primarily aimed at early years’ learners. It includes activity ideas and a set of real artefacts:

  1. a piece of Roman Mortarium
  2. a Viking spindle whorl
  3. a piece of medieval green glaze pottery
  4. a glass bottle from the 1920s

Each object comes with its own story and illustrated pictures telling how it was made, how it was used and how it was rediscovered

To book any of our kits or if you have any questions please email with ‘loans’ in the subject line.


You may also be interested in borrowing our other kits:

Artefact Investigation Kits

There are six Artefact Investigation Kits, containing real and replica artefacts. The kits come with information about the artefacts and have ideas for activities and where to find out more.  Because the kits are very versatile, they can be used at all levels, although the support material is primarily aimed at beginners.

  • Fantastic Flint covers flint knapping/working in the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages (c. 8500 BC to c. 500 BC).


  •  Iron Age Scotland looks at artefacts, houses and settlements from c. 500 BC to c. 500 AD.


  • Roman Scotland (80 AD c. 200 AD) considers the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire.  Most of what we know about the Romans in Scotland comes from archaeological, not historical, sources.  Full description here.


  • Viking Scotland discovers what life was like in Scotland during the Scandinavian period (796 AD to mid-1400s AD).


  • Industrial Archaeology has four topics, each with its own set of activities and artefacts: the earth’s natural resources; man made materials; working and living with coal; and taking it outside – finding out about Industrial Archaeology in your area.



Activity Kits

Use these hands-on resources to explore:

The work of an archaeologist

  • Survey equipment for either basic survey and/or tape-and-offset survey and/or plane table and alidade survey.  You may need to have some experience to use this equipment although it is ideal for numeracy and literacy.
  • Skeleton Investigation Kit.  Why not have a go at forensic archaeology.  The kit contains an anatomically correct skeleton with a mysterious extra skull!  Investigate what diseases this person may have had? How old were they? Can you tell if they are male or female, if so which skull is the correct one? Great supporting documents to help you get going.


How people lived in the past

  • Roman Writing Kit focuses on Roman Scotland as well as the writing tablets found at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall.  Learners use replica Roman wax tablets and wooden styli to complete four activities.
  • Historic Writing Kit inspires learners to create their own Gothic script and illuminated letters.
  • Grinding Kit – rotary and saddle querns that can be used to make flour.


To book any of our kits or if you have any questions please email with ‘loans’ in the subject line.

Posted by: Archaeology Scotland

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