The Science of Archaeology: Water Biology
KS3 school session at Flag Fen
£230 per group of 30 students
Flag Fen is an internationally important Bronze Age archaeological site; it houses many Bronze Age artefacts, found around a wooden causeway and platform, and is home to some recently discovered Bronze Age log boats which are currently being conserved.
In this hands-on session students will explore the water biology of the site: they will collect and examine water specimens from different areas and record the numbers and variety of organisms seen and examine some of them more closely.
Students will analyse their results, looking at whether the results vary between different water sources and work out the Biotic Index of each site. They will consider what might be the factors that cause any variation.
At the end of the session students will be able to:
- Understand the application of scientific investigation to issues in the real world.
- Carry out appropriate and safe methods of sample collection and examination.
- Understand the importance of monitoring biodiversity
- Collect a body of results that can be quantitatively compared.
- Understand the effects of different environmental variables on the preservation of archaeology.
- Be aware of pollutants and their effect on biodiversity and archaeology.
- Through observation and evidence gathered, postulate what may cause these variables to change.