The Big Dig

It all began when they opened a letter they had received from the world famous Dr. Henry Jones of the London Society for Historical Archaeology. It described how his group of archaeologists had used their scanners to check the local area and had found some areas of unusual masses within the school grounds. Immediately, they had then begun to excavate the area and they made some amazing discoveries, which they thought Year 3 might like to investigate further. Of course, Year 3 jumped at the chance and they were filled with eager anticipation as they zipped up their coats, wound on their scarves and carefully and quietly made their way to the excavation site.


As they approached the site, the first thing they noticed was the bright red and white warning tape blowing in the breeze. Everything was silent, except for the occasional bird song and the flapping tape. There was a large yellow sign resting against an old gnarled tree trunk and it said ‘WARNING! KEEP OUT! Excavation site.’ The class slowly gathered around the edges of the site and began to search for the partially revealed discoveries.

Initially they struggled to spot anything of interest. But then they began to notice the different exhibits. First, there was Exhibit A. A pair of sabre-tooth tiger cub skulls. One resting upright, another on its side. The large curved teeth protruded from the soil like fingers clinging on to the monkey bars. Seconds later, the children spotted a larger skulls, but something looked unusual about the teeth. Before long they realised it was in fact the skull of a young mammoth, and they weren’t teeth, but huge curved tusks. But, something terrible had happened. One of the tusks was snapped off and there was a hole in the back of the skull. The children didn’t know how this young mammoth had died, but they suspected it wasn’t from natural causes.


A short while later they discovered Exhibits C and D. Exhibit C was a pair of small fish-shaped flint stones, which the children later researched and discovered were actually spear heads. And Exhibit D was a small hand-made pot, which would have been used in a ceremony or ritual and would have been decorated with geometric patterns made using finger nails or stones.


As you can imagine, the children were bursting with excitement and couldn’t wait to fully excavate the findings to bring back to class. So, extremely carefully, a few volunteers gently used the equipment the archaeologists had left for them to finish digging out the skulls and artefacts. The fully exposed skulls, pots and spearheads made an astonishing sight and Year 3 simply could not believe how lucky they were to have been involved in their remarkable, exciting and unique experience. The entire year group is now absolutely filled to the brim with excitement, desperate to learn more about their new topic – The Savage Stone Age.