Ancient History

At a glanceancient trade

Cost: £75

Duration: 90 Minutes  

Subject: Ancient History

Numbers: 15 – 20

Level: KS3/4

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

Students will look at the empires of Egypt, Rome and Greece and their trade routes, participating in an activity that challenges them to think about where goods originated and how they were traded. They will also analyse a ‘case study’ of an ancient shipwreck (the Uluburan Shipwreck) to discuss what evidence survives in shipwrecked conditions and how this research is conducted.

Students will also explore the lifestyle and culture of  Roman Manchester, using the objects on our Ancient Worlds gallery to examine the evidence we have for different types of activity in Roman Manchester.

Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Examine objects to determine what they can tell us about the movement of goods and geography of the Empire.
  • Assess how land and water affect objects and the differences in recovery of these materials.
  • Learn more about current archaeological research and opportunities by working with the PhD deliverer.
  • Create a physical timeline of major Empires (Greek, Roman & Egyptian) using coinage.
  • Explore a research “case study” that tells us about the trade.
  • Become “traders” in order to investigate ancient trade routes and origins of various goods.
  • Examine objects to determine what they can tell us about the period of Roman occupation in Britain.

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Discovering Archaeology Gallery to explore Roman Manchester.

If you are planning to spend time exploring the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630

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