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Thinking like an archaeologist

Kia ora koutou,

In Conceptual Development, we focused on learning about Ötzi the iceman, whose remains were found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy.

His remains, and the artefacts he had with him, lead the archaeologists to make a lot of inferences about his life and death. We linked this to 'Thinking Like an Archaeologist', with a particular focus on the way new techniques and technology meant that what was originally believed to be his cause of death has been revised as new evidence appeared. This discussion led to some new big ideas about patterns and archaeology being developed, including 'patterns in human history help archaeologists make new discoveries' by Harry, and 'archaeologists follow a pattern - find evidence- analyse-information' by Fabian. Great work! We will examine these further in a range of contexts to see if the evidence supports or refutes them.

I was nagged all day today by Ace as to when Talent Development was, as he was so keen to get stuck into his maths work.

There was also evidence of some like minds as he and Lucy battled over a game of chess, grinning the whole time. It is wonderful to see some great friendships developing within the class as time goes by.

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