Quick summary: Students compare the ancient findings of Aboriginal life at Lake Mungo and findings from the Roman period with our own lives. The focus is on the volume of waste each period generated.
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Learning goals for this activity include: The remains from past periods provide clues about how people lived. Archaeological sites are extremely valuable and must always be managed and protected.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
- Year 7 History: The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. (ACDSEH148)
Additional Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures OI.5.
Year level: 7
Time needed: 60 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Discuss any issues that students bring up. Challenge preconceived options about Indigenous peoples.
Resources needed: Computers or tables, Internet, paper for taking notes
Digital technology opportunities:
Lake Mungo: Detailed information and curriculum is available at https://www.visitmungo.com.au/archaeology.
Assumed prior learning: Aboriginals have occupied Australia for at least 50,000 years. They have a very rich culture. When referencing The Romans, it refers to a period in Europe’s history around 2000 years ago.
Key words: Archaeologist, archaeology, waste, rubbish, restoration, conservation.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
These Planet Ark resources were developed by Cool Australia with funding from the Alcoa Foundation.