Shaking Hands With The Past
We have produced a series of vodcasts specifically for school audiences as part of York Archaeological Trust’s Resilience Project, ‘Finding the Future‘. These vodcasts can be used by teachers, parents and pupils, and each of these presentations features one of our unique artefacts, explains their use, construction and history, in easily understood terms and with the help of a friendly local!
Do you have a question about our Educational Resources? Details on how to get in touch can be found at the bottom of the page.
Season 1: Finds from the Viking Age
Episode 1: VIking Sock
Join Helen the archaeologist and Jorund the Viking as they discuss this rare find: an in-tact Viking sock! The woollen sock recovered at Coppergate was made using a technique known in Scandinavia as nålebinding; in English we call it knotless netting, looped needle netting or single-needle knitting.
Episode 2: Viking Coin Die
Join Helen the archaeologist and Jorund the Viking for a look at how money was made in Viking-Age York. Two iron coin dies, used in the striking of coins, were found at Jorvik in an area where iron working was going on. Three lead trial pieces for trying out other coin dies were also found.
Episode 3: Viking Board Game
Part of a wooden gaming board, and numerous playing pieces, have been found in Jorvik, where such games were clearly popular. The Viking game of strategy hnefatafl could have been played on it, and domed playing pieces made of bone, antler, ivory, jet or chalk were made for just such a game.
Episode 4: Viking Instruments
The boxwood syrinx found in York is the only example of such an instrument known from the Viking period. Blowing across their tops produces a five-note scale, running from top A to top E.. There is a hole towards the base which would have enabled the player to suspend the instrument from his belt.
Season 2: Finds from the Medieval Period
Episode 1: Archer’s Bracer
Join Philip the archaeologist and medieval resident of York, Mistress Parkin, as they discuss this ingenious example of recycling from the Middle Ages: an archer's bracer. Archery was vital to the defence of the realm during the late 1300's - the period from which this artefact dates - and contributed a fearsome element to tactics employed on the battlefield.
Episode 2: Ampullae
Join Philip the archaeologist and medieval resident of York, Mistress Parkin, as they explore the religious outlook of the age through an item strongly associated with Christian shrines, the ampullae. Pilgrimages to holy shrines such as St William's in York were a common feature of medieval life, often as a way of seeking the saints' intercession in times of personal adversity.
Episode 3: Seal Matrices
Join Philip the archaeologist and medieval resident of York, Mistress Parkin, as they discover the secrets behind seal matrices, objects pressed into wax to establish the owner's unique symbol at the bottom of documents. Some artefacts recovered from the Middle Ages give us a particularly intriguing insight into the mindset and behaviour of those who lived during the period.
Episode 4: Medieval Mystery Object
Join Philip and medieval resident of York, Mistress Parkin, as they investigate a mysterious object found during an excavation in Fishergate York. Historical artefacts do not always reveal their use or significance easily; indeed many encourage more debate and interpretation than solid conclusions.
Resilience Knowledge Packs
These knowledge packs, created as part of York Archaeological Trust’s Resilience Project, ‘Finding the Future’, are intended to provide guidance and support for those seeking to engage in heritage projects.
Covering subject areas including oral history and design, they contain practical advice, examples and first hand accounts from practitioners which can assist in informing your own strategy for creating material that engages and informs audiences. Whether you are working in a small museum, undertaking a social history project or seeking to showcase the story of your local area, these packs are designed to help you work reach their potential.