Teach the Teachers
Archaeology is often a difficult subject to teach learners, particularly if teachers do not have adequate background training in the discipline. Themes such as deep time, cultural history, modernity, heritage and human evolution are often topics that teachers struggle to explain to students who have never been exposed to such ideas. This workshop hopes to provide teachers with additional information that they can add to their existing knowledge of the subject matter. We will offer tips on how to teach many of these topics in easy and engaging ways and provide resource packs that teachers can use and share with their colleagues.
In conjunction with the Teach the Teachers outreach program, research involving understanding syllabus change will allow for greater opportunity for distribution of knowledge and materials (such as 3D scans) to schools. Human evolution is, fundamentally, a material-based science. While these materials will not be used in the research, they will be distributed to schools involved.
Iziko Museums Human Evolution Display
The Iziko Museums of South Africa is a national museum situated in Cape Town with extensive and impressive collections, including the Blombos Ochre and the Klasies River remains. However, displays depicting human evolution are largely out of date and minimal. In partnership with HERI, more modern and engaging displays are being re-imagined and designed.
Research on the south and west coast of South Africa has added significantly to our understanding of the emergence of modern humans, and the drastic cultural changes in the Middle and Late Stone Age. This project aims to create displays depicting this research in order to better engage with and involve the communities in these areas.