Category Archives: Classroom Resources

Coming soon: an Ancient Australia textbook for schools!

Due to popular demand, I have begun writing a textbook devoted to Ancient Australia. It’ll have lots of helpful teacher info, as well as a stack of great classroom resources, including case studies, inquiry questions, high quality images, and fascinating facts.

Since this book will quite literally be the first of its kind, I’d like to trial the material in a few Year 7 classes next year. If you’re a teacher and you’re interested in getting involved in the trial, please email your contact details to: info [at] plainspeak [dot] com [dot] au

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!


NEW: Book your class in for an archaeology talk

Want an expert to talk to your students about archaeology or history?

Look no further! You can book me to visit your school and talk to your class about anything archaeological, whether it be Australia’s recent history, the Indigenous past, Aztec, Greece, Rome, Egypt, human evolution – whatever the topic, I can give your students a new perspective.

Here are examples of things you (and your students!) might find interesting:

  • Stone tools and technology
  • Artefact illustration
  • Bottle identification
  • A day in the life of an archaeologist
  • Curriculum topics like Aztecs, Greece, Rome, Egypt or Ancient Australia

To inquire about archaeology school talks, please fill in the form below. Or you can email me at info [at] plainspeak [dot] com [dot] au.

Please note: I am based in Melbourne, Australia. If you are outside this area, I will be happy to arrange a class talk via Skype.

eResources for Ancient Australia

Here’s a list of current (and fantastic) online resources for teachers. If you know of any good links that I’ve missed, please submit them here.

ABC ‘First Footprints’ official website – a great interactive site that ties in with the TV series

ABC Gold Coast – shell middens – some good images and a useful soundbite

ABC Quantum – Jinmium – an interesting case study (more Jinmium information here)

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Mini-Poster Series – quality images and explanations for general archaeological terms and artefacts

Aboriginal Heritage Office – information about heritage

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania – shell middens – Tassie heritage

The Australian Museum – good overview of Ancient Australian past

CaveWorks – megafauna – some great images and info about megafauna

Dust Echoes study guides – Indigenous heritage study guides on a variety of topics

History Teachers Association of Australia – Narrabeen Man classroom activity – excellent teaching resource, with project downloads, activity instructions, and assessment outline

History Teachers’ Association of Victoria – handouts available for latest conference

Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre – if you can’t get your class to this exceptional permanent exhibition (an absolute MUST for local students) then check out the quality online resources

Mungo Explorer – an interesting case study, with interactive resources and teacher classroom packs

Mungo National Park – information to support Mungo activities

National Trust of Australia (WA) teacher’s resource – advice for teachers when teaching Aboriginal history

National Trust of Australia (WA) depth study outline – some good case studies

NSW Government: Heritage and Environment – shell middens – information about shell middens

SBS ‘First Australians’ complete series online – gotta love the SBS for making this fantastic series available in full for free