Learning forms an integral part of Archaeology Scotland’s activities. Our aim is to encourage understanding of, and promote involvement in, Scotland’s archaeological heritage for all ages and levels of interest – from formal education to informal learning.  We offer learner groups support and information about what archaeology is and how it can be used in delivering learning activities.  We have online resources and activity kits available for loan, as well as information bases for teachers and youth workers, information on Young Archaeologists’ Club and links to other websites which you may find useful.

All of our resources have been designed to provide engaging, hands-on learning and to support the delivery of archaeology learning opportunities for all ages.

The Learning Team at Archaeology Scotland are always here to help with advice and support for any projects which you may be undertaking, whether it be a class project, holding an open day with activities or looking for ideas for a youth group session.

Loan kits

We have developed a range of hands-on Activity Kits for you to borrow and deliver archaeological activities.  Artefact Investigation Kits contain real and replica artefacts and help bring the past closer, while our other Activity Kits guide you and your learners to handle artefacts, do the work of an archaeologist and see what life was like in the past.  Each kit comes with activity ideas and support packs.

Learn more about the Activity Kits we have available.

Young Archaeologists' Club

Find out how to get involved in archaeology. Advice on achieving an award, including our new Heritage Hero Awards, getting involved in your local archaeology club or starting your career in archaeology.

Our learning resources

These are online resources which are designed to help educators use archaeology with their learning groups.  They cover different aspects of archaeology, such as surveying and interpreting evidence.  In addition, there are short hands-on activity ideas which can be used to introduce learners to the principles of archaeology

For teachers

Archaeology is well suited to teaching the Curriculum for Excellence. In using archaeology in the classroom, teachers have access to a powerful tool to not only deliver multi-disciplinary learning and different areas of the Curriculum for Excellence, but also to promote archaeology as a field of study.


For youth workers

Archaeology can be used to deliver fun and engaging activities for any youth programme.

Learn more about the support we can offer you to use archaeology in your youth work.  All of our Activity Kits, which are availale for loan, and free online resources are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Find out how to use archaeology to lead the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and how members of your youth group can get Young Scot reward points for doing archaeological activities.

Useful links

Go to our Useful Links section to learn more about what learning tools are available.