The Isles of Scilly are located at the southwestern-most point of England. Show the students a map of England and challenge them to try and find the Islands before using the highlighted version in the guide. There is evidence of human occupation from 3,000 years ago and evidence of human permanent settlement from 2,500 years ago. At the time of occupation, the Islands would have actually been one giant land mass. The Islands that we know today would have formed around the time of Roman occupation with the rising sea level. You should absolutely bring this aspect into the educational experience with the students, however, bring it in during a segment that is appropriate for your class. Maybe you bring it in during a geography lesson or earth science lesson. If you are not discussing sea levels in any other section of your class, consider bringing this in during a class discussion about preservation (this comes later in the guide.) You can discuss the rising sea levels in the context of losing artifacts to the sea, making them very difficult to recover.
When challenging students to think of what would have been left behind by ancient people, encourage them to recall earlier questions from the guide when discussing examples of general archaeology. Have them answer the question about Iron Age people with other students for the sake of creativity and collaboration.
artifacts – An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest. Pull up some images to accompany this definition. Or, you can see if they have any ideas about what they might be.
Iron Age – In order to introduce the next section, you will need to establish a single definition for the “Iron Age” for the students. Try a simple version, something like: “The Iron Age was a time in early human history when people began to use tools and weapons made of iron. It lasted between 800 BC and 43 AD.” You can use this format for the use of the term “Bronze Age” later.
Take Home Challenge:
Have the students create their own map of the Isles of Scilly using whatever materials they want!