The Rubbish Game

A fun way to learn archaeological investigative skills: looking, interpreting and reporting

This Archaeology Scotland resource leads learners through investigating modern rubbish and then moving on to ancient artefacts, which you can borrow in handling kits here.

This activity is part of our *Archaeological Activity Resources Pack. It is in section 2: Using Archaeological Evidence – click on the link below to get the whole section (recommended):

Using Archaeological Evidence

  • 2.1 The Rubbish Game – activity
  • 2.2 Examining Buildings
    • a Site preparation and research
    • b fieldwork – diagrams to date a building in Scotland; changes over time; building materials; Masons’ marks
    • c recording – sample worksheet for investigating a building

*Archaeology Scotland produced the Archaeological Activities Resource pack in 1997 for Young Archaeologists’ Club groups in Scotland who needed Scottish-based resources on archaeology learning.  It is about 100 pages in total and existed in hard copy only – until now. Each section contains archaeological activities ideas, background information, useful information/further reading, and some contain learners’ resources to print. Archaeological methods can be used for themes across time and there are several time-specific activities included, such as Viking heddle weaving, WWII drama and making replica Stone Age objects. Interested in more ideas from this Resource Pack? Links to the whole thing (section-by-section) are also located in the Portal here.

Why is this resource in need of some TLC?

We have listed this as ‘needs TLC’ in this case simply because some of the organisations’ names as listed are no longer current, and some of the ‘further reading’ and ‘useful sources of information’ resources are dated..but as only a hard copy of this pack exists, we can’t update them in the text. Trust us,  you’ll love it!!

For ‘CSA’ read Archaeology Scotland; RCAHMS read Historic Environment Scotland, YAC Network Scotland see Young Archaeologists’ Club Branches;  and here is the original  copyright and acknowledgement 1997

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Posted by Rebecca Boyde, Youth Engagement Officer, Archaeology Scotland

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