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Digging Back to the Past


​International students Malte Hoenig and with Thais Araujo didn't mind getting their hands dirty when they went on an archaeological dig to the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology at Caboolture. As part of their Year 11 Ancient History course. the plan was to ‘discover an ancient Egyptian burial’. Recent flooding of ‘The Nile’ (better known as Tea Tree Lagoon), however, had brought items such as scarabs, Canopic jars, and the lifesize sarcophagus to the surface and there was no need to ‘excavate’.

An alternative site, a Roman provincial home was ‘excavated’ instead and yielded a wealth of artefacts. Roman helmets, an army shoulder pad, funerary urn, numerous pottery items and blacksmithing tools were unearthed in the systematic process of excavation.

Interpreting, recording and labelling the artefacts were also part of the learning process. The students were enthusiastic and formed a very professional archaeological team.