The story of Cross River Rail is told through the objects and archaeology is a discipline of material culture. The exercises presented here will focus on ceramics and glass objects and have students “interpret” an assemblage like an archaeologist.
These activities are aligned to the “Digging up the Past” unit of the Queensland curriculum targeting Year 7-9.
Numismastics focus – a collection of coins has been gathered to parallel the archaeological finds from the Cross River Rail excavations. This includes pre-decimal coins from Australia but also includes international coins from Holland, France, Great Britain, the US and China. Cowrie shells have also been included to represent the Aboriginal Australians and their system of barter and trade, however, these shells were also traded like currency. This coin exercise uses historic coins and shells to teach archaeological principles of relative dating, trade and exchange, geography and Primary Source analysis.
This exercise focuses on the information that can be interpreted from glass assemblage. Glass preserves very well and although it breaks, there are always unique pieces that can tell the story about the bottle.
Students will learn how archaeologists can use glass to understand what happened in the past. We will examine how glass bottles were made, what they are made from. The writing on the bottles, where the bottles were found (archaeological context) and the contents.
This exercise will focus on the evidence that archaeologists use to discover facts about the past, using actual strategies from the Go Print excavation site in Woolloongabba.
This exercise will focus on an Australian History Mysteries using materials excavated from the Go Print site. We will explore the mystery behind the origin, location, design, materials, and backstory of the artefacts.