Here is a selection of family-friendly activities about the archaeology and history of Suffolk. From coins and stories to colouring and wordsearches.
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Three activities about Anglo-Saxon coins.
Coins Activity 1: Coins and Archaeology
Coins can help archaeologists date a site as they usually had a date or symbol.
Find some coins in your house and describe what you see. What is the earliest and the latest date?
Coins Activity 2: Anglo-Saxon Coins
Here are some examples of Anglo-Saxon coins discovered at Rendlesham. They look similar but the designs are different.
Look at these coins. Can you spot what they have in common and what is different?
Coins Activity 3: Design your own coin
Coins had lots of different designs to show how much they were worth and who the ruling tribe, king or queen was at the time.
Can you draw you own design of an Anglo-Saxon coin.
Here are some hand-drawn illustrations of real archaeological objects found in Suffolk. What colours and patterns do you think they had?
Writing Activity 1: Write an Anglo-Saxon Story or Poem
Anglo-Saxon stories and poems tell us of great events, heroic stories and brave warriors. Use some of the words in the Activity to inspire your own short story or poem.
Design Activity 1: Draw your own wall-hanging for an Anglo-Saxon hall
Archaeologists have found an important Anglo-Saxon settlement at Rendlesham in Suffolk. There was probably a big building here called a ‘hall’ where the kings would have lived and held feasts. We know that the inside of the hall would have been decorated. In the tale of Beowulf, the inside of the great hall ‘Heorot’ was fully furnished to be the “best of royal halls”.
Wall hangings were probably used to decorate the halls; they were made from fabric and would have told stories or had symbols.
Use the design tips in the Activity to draw your own design for an Anglo-Saxon wall-hanging
A collection of wordsearches with an archaeology theme.