We offer fun and theoretical activities, complementary to the offer of museums, dealing with archaeology and the profession of the archaeologist. Our goal is to provide your students with a realistic understanding of current knowledge and an understanding of the professions related to archaeology. The intervention is conducted by an archaeologist and a student for a maximum of 25 students in a class. It takes place over half a day at school. We bring the necessary equipment to the school ourselves.
The intervention begins with a general introduction (What is archaeology?) and an introduction to the profession of archaeologist. This introduction is illustrated with examples, illustrations, objects to be manipulated, photos and is expressed in the form of a story.
Then you can choose two activities (out of three proposed) that will last about an hour each. Finally, we end the intervention with a story and a quick feedback from the students and teachers.
These activities are:
- Excavation (uncovering the remains, drawing the archaeological layer)
- Scientific research (conservation of objects, reassembly of ceramics)
- The staging of the remains (creation of an exhibition)
This offer corresponds to the criteria defined in SHS 21, SHS 22 and SHS 24 of the Plan d’Etudes Romand (PER).
To better prepare the intervention, it is advisable to make an appointment before it begins.
We are convinced that (Pre-)history and its teaching can enable children of the most diverse origins to better orient themselves in their adopted environment, because many gestures and customs from regions as far away as Africa, Asia, the Near East, America or – closer to us – the Balkan countries have common roots to trace in prehistory and which should be made known.
We propose to follow a class whose students come from different backgrounds, by repeating the gestures of the past, by reliving rituals and by participating with all the senses and by gestures adopted in the theatre in order to rediscover a common History despite the differences of origin. For this purpose, we have chosen a universal theme: bread.
The offer consists of five modules that can be taken individually or together. Each module can be adapted to the particular needs of the class.
Teaching material (in French and German)
Heritage and history are areas that provide a better understanding of both society and the environment in which we live. The originality of this project is to involve children in the search for the development of their urban environment by making them understand the evolution of heritage – their local heritage – and to share this knowledge with their peers. The second original point is the proximity of heritage specialists in research (restorers – archaeologists – archivists), which will make it possible to observe details and other elements unknown to the general public but which represent a great importance in understanding the regional past.
Teaching material (in French only)