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Object handling in the archaeology classroom – Strategies for success

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Author(s): Rachael Thyrza Sparks

Journal: University Museums and Collections Journal
ISSN 2071-7229

Volume: 3;
Start page: 191;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Archaeology | Object-based learning | Object-handling

ABSTRACT
Direct encounters with archaeological materials are an effective way to teach the practical side of the discipline while developing transferable skills such as observation, deductive reasoning, critical analysis and group working. This paper draws on the authors own experiences to develop guidelines for object handling in the university classroom. Good preparation, informed implementation, consolidation of gains and integration of such sessions into the wider curriculum are key elements of an effective strategy.