Year 4 pupils recently had the opportunity to ‘dig into’ some history with a visit from staff from the Dorchester museum. Below is recount of the days events from two pupils:
A huge inflatable museum came into our school hall. They also brought two excavation boxes for us to find Roman artefacts in. They told us about making disgusting fish sauce and let us smell different herbs like rosemary and thyme. We dug out two skeletons with artefacts around them to find out more about the Roman person. In the museum, artefacts were laid out on tables, which were roof tiles, perfume bottles, mosaic tiles, a replica of a legionary’s helmet and more. In the inflated museum, there were IPads that showed extra information about the objects near it, which were also in the excavation boxes. The museum looked like the real version but smaller (pretty small and not in Dorchester). The class had logbooks to write information about their skeleton and the objects around it. The helpers were very kind and gave us a card to act out to the other group. It was fun, especially acting out the cards we were given, as we learnt more when we read them, like when they buried the dead body they put coins on the eyes and mouth to pay the ferryman to take the body to the afterlife and they paid wages of their coins to the money collector.
By Mia and Jess