Investigate Archaeology


These resources will help you to discover more about the Romans and their way of life. Click on the activity title to view the resource.


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Dead Interesting!

To investigate Roman tombstones or grave markers and what they say about the person who died

To make your own Roman tombstone from clay or cardboard with a Roman inscription

Air drying clay or card and pens, paintbrushes, paint, something with a sharp point like the end of a paintbrush or a pencil or scissors

How to make a Roman Sandal

To investigate Roman footwear

To make your own Roman sandal

Roman sandal template, pens or tailors’ chalk, thin leather or similar material, scissors, a large needle, a hole punch, wool or thread for stitching, leather cord for the laces

Making Roman Ink

To explore Roman methods of making ink

Making ink from charcoal and then using it to write some simple words in Latin.

5 teaspoons of soot (you can make this by grinding up sticks of charcoal (fine soot is best), 2 teaspoons of gum (Gum Arabic can be bought in most art shops), 4 teaspoons of vinegar, paper, a dipping pen, preferably a feather quill or replica metal stylus, a mixing pot and stirrer

Roman Central Heating

To investigate the ways that Romans kept their houses warm using hypocausts.

To create a model of a roman hypocaust (under-floor heating system) and to measure how warm the floor gets.

Lego/Duplo or wooden bricks, hairdryer or nightlight, bathroom tiles, thermometer



Roman Text Messaging

To investigate the ways Romans sent messages over long distances

To create a set of signalling flags and convey a message over a distance

Sheets of A4 card, felt tips or crayons, Sellotape, scissors, garden canes/thin sticks, pens

What did the Romans Eat?

To discover what foods a Roman would eat and how they were prepared.

Comparing modern food to Roman food and the different ways of preserving food, Then prepare a Roman Feast using Roman recipes.

Modern food packaging detailing country of origin, traded goods worksheet, outline maps of the world, coloured pencils, salt, lemon juice, a warm room / heat lamp or oven, trays, petri dishes, apple or other hard fruit, ingredients for Roman recipes - see individual recipe lists.




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