How to date objects from the past

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Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will gain a chronological understanding of the different techniques used to date artefacts in the field of archaeology. They will develop an awareness of the technical vocabulary appropriate to this topic and its correct usage. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, from reading, research and watching options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

How would you like to learn?

Option 1: Readings


Step 1: Download a copy of the reading questions worksheet below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading the following web page:


Option 2: Internet research


Download a copy of the worksheet below and use the internet to complete the tables.


Option 3: Watch video


Step 1: Download a copy of the viewing questions worksheet below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by watching the following video:


Resources for subscribers



Extension activities