What does Archaeology offer

The information listed here is intended to help Leaders who would like to arrange Archaeology for their section. It also has information for Leaders/Adults who would like to get involved with this activity. The Archaeology team will also offer support and advice if you run into any difficulties.

Archaeology isn’t just about digging, it can be a fun and interactive way to learn about history, past cultures and our heritage. The Derbyshire Archaeology badge offers lots of practical activities to help young people explore the history of Derbyshire as well as thinking about bigger questions and how we can use archaeology to help us with present-day problems. We have provided everything you need to run the badge, so no prior experience of archaeology is required for you to run the badge.

Archaeology can be undertaken by all Scouting sections. The next sections details each sectional badge requirements together with links to resource books and activity sheets. Each resource book has everything you need to run the badge for that section.

Archaeology Badge Requirements

Here is the list of requirements you must complete to obtain this badge. Requirements are also available as a downloadable PDF. Click here to open the PDF of badge requirements.

SectionRequirementsWorkbookActivity Sheets
Beavers
  1. Find out three things archaeologists study and three tools they use on an excavation
  2. Come up with a reason for studying the past
  3. Choose an activity from the list:
    1. Archaeology Jigsaw
    2. Cat Mummies
    3. Catapults
  4. Choose one of these options:
    1. Visit an archaeological site in Derbyshire
    2. Visit a museum in Derbyshire
    3. Carry out the Time Traveller Activity
Click here to open Beaver workbook.
Click here for guidance on how to behave while performing Archaeology.
Time Traveller
Jigsaw
Cubs
  1. Create your own definition of archaeology
  2. Research a famous archaeologist and what they discovered
  3. Think of three rules that an archaeologist should follow when excavating
  4. Recreate an object from the past:
    1. Rock Art
    2. Orange Mummification
    3. Stone Age Tool
  5. Choose one of these options:
    1. Visit an archaeological excavation in Derbyshire and find out what tools are used
    2. Visit an archaeological site in Derbyshire and think about how it may have looked in the past compared to today
    3. Discover the use of two artefacts, each from a different time period (They could be from a museum, book or the internet)
Click here to open Cub workbook.
Click here for guidance on how to behave while performing Archaeology.
Soap Age Tools
Scouts
  1. Understand what archaeology is
    1. Think of three reasons why we study archaeology and compare it with what other scouts think
  2. Come up with your own list of Badge Behaviours, then compare it to the Derbyshire Archaeology Badge Behaviours
  3. Complete one of the following activities
    1. What We Leave Behind
    2. Preservation Predictions
  4. Choose one of these options:
    1. Take part in an archaeological excavation in Derbyshire for a day
    2. Visit an archaeological site in Derbyshire and present your findings to other people.
    3. Discover the use of three artefacts, each from a different time period and compare them to items you may use (They could be from a museum, book or the internet)
Click here to open Scouts workbook.
Click here for guidance on how to behave while performing Archaeology.
Preservation Predictions
What we leave behind
Explorers
  1. Understand what archaeology is and explore two specialisms, such as:
    Archaeological science; Osteoarchaeology; Ethnoarchaeology; Heritage studies;
    Geoarchaeology; Historical Archaeology; Zooarchaeology & Museum Studies
  2. Pick three words from the list and learn their meaning
    1. Create an activity or game to demonstrate one of the terms:
      Stratigraphy; Carbon Dating; Treasure Law; aDNA; taphonomy;
      Hunter-Gatherers; Dental Calculus; Domestication; Micromorphology
  3. Choose one of these options:
    1. Choose a site in Derbyshire to research and then compare it to another site outside of the UK from the same time period
    2. Draw a to scale sketch map of a site in Derbyshire
    3. Complete the Piece It Together Activity
  4. Choose one of these options:
    1. Take part in an archaeological excavation in Derbyshire on two separate occasions
    2. Visit two archaeological sites in Derbyshire and discuss the difference between how they were excavated and what has been found
    3. Deliver two activities to help a younger section achieve the Derbyshire Archaeology Badge
Click here to open Explorer workbook.
Click here for guidance on how to behave while performing Archaeology.
Piece it together
Networks
  1. Think about what you perceive archaeology to be and compare that to other people's understanding of the subject.
  2. Think about one of the following questions/statements and discuss it among other network members:
    1. Should we dig up archaeological sites?
    2. Can archaeology represent everyone in the past?
    3. Should objects in museums be returned to their country of origin?
    4. Why is it important to protect archaeological sites?
  3. Help deliver the Derbyshire Archaeology Badge to a younger section
  4. Choose one of these options:
    1. Take an active part in a weeklong archaeological excavation in Derbyshire
    2. Volunteer at a museum or archaeological site in Derbyshire for 20 hours
    3. Raise awareness of archaeology within Derbyshire, whether it is among the Scouting community or outside, and focus on one of the following themes
      1. Sustainability
      2. Environment
      3. Education
Click here to open Network workbook.
Click here for guidance on how to behave while performing Archaeology.
 

Location and Costs for Archaeology

All the resources needed to run the badge and its activities are available from this web site. We also offer support and advice to any Leader who undertakes this badge/activity.

If you are planning to visit any location, please check their web site for opening times and charges before you visit. It may be worth finding out if they offer any "special" talks or guided tours for Scout sections.

The Archaeology team do have contacts available if you want a talk or session with a real archaeologist, so please do get in contact and we will do our best to support your request.

Contact and frequently asked questions

QuestionAnswer
How do I contact the Archaeology SASU to ask them any questions or ask how I can get involved? Click here to contact the Archaeology SASU
I've got a technical question about Archaeology, who should I contact for advice and support? Click here to contact the County Archaeology advisor. They will be able to help you with any technical or Scouting related questions.
What happens once the young person completes the badge? Please get in contact with the Archaeology team to order your badges and certificates.
Where can I find out the current fact sheets and Scouting policies, relating to Archaeology? Scouting UK does not currently publish any information relating to this activity. All Scouting policies, safety, risk assessments must be applied when you undertake this activity. 
All information has been provided by Derbyshire Scouting members and is fully intended to help Leaders arrange Archaeology related activities. 
Alternatively click here for the full list of Activities that Scouting UK publishes information on.
Where can I find out more about Archaeology?

There are a number of UK organisation that can help. They are:
Young Archaeologists Club. Click here to visit their web site.
British Archaeological Association. Click here to visit their web site.
Council for British Archaeology. Click here to visit their web site.

Where can I get help and advice about excavations? We have prepared a fact sheet with lots of helpful information. Click here to access this information

Events Archaeology Team supports

Currently, no events are supported. 

Additional Information

Click here for the Derbyshire Archaeology Badge Glossary to discover the meaning of some archaeological terms.
Click here for additional information which the Archaeology team maintain on this Facebook group.

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Sections supported

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Adults / Leaders