The Mary Rose was the flagship of the Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. She saw her last action on 19 July 1545, whilst leading the attack on the French invasion fleet, sinking just north of the Isle of Wight. This pack contains some typical naval items of the time. What would life have been like onboard a great ship like the Mary Rose? Artefacts and historical documents give us insight into the kind of life the sailors may have had and provide the children with a valuable artefact handling opportunity.
Here's how to create your own archaeological dig!
· Bury the artefacts in a pre-determined spot
· Set up an excavation
· Remove the soil layer by layer
· Sift out the soil with a sieve
· Brush away the dirt from the artefacts
· Put all the items in a container
· Note down the findings, not loads of details, just item, date found, where found and size
· A more detailed sheet can be filled in during the next lesson, material, colour, period and what it was used for
· Draw the artefacts or take photos
· Split the artefacts between groups and then get the groups to research their item and present back what they have found out to the rest of the class
Contents of Archaeo-Box
• Cannon Ball
Cannons were favoured by the Tudor navy, these were made from Bronze or Iron and fired cannon balls of stone or iron.
• Mary Rose Comb
One of the many artefacts found on the Mary Rose discovery.
• Mary Rose Rosary Beads
Religion was very important during the Tudor period, and rosary beads would have been used as they are today, to keep count of the number of Hail Marys said.
There was no electricity in Tudor Times! The candlestick would of been a staple of any captain's desk, allowing them to work long in to the night.
• Coins from the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII
The money and currency of the Tudors was all in coin, there was no paper money in England during these times. The Tudor coins were minted in either elements of gold or silver but the coins were always alloyed with another metal. The weight of the silver or of the gold contained in Tudor money determined what the value of the coin would be.
• Tudor Five Stones
A set of five solid oak "stones", a game played in Tudor times whereby the cubes would be thrown into the air and caught on the back of the hand. A game with its roots in early Greece that remains popular today. Complete with leather pouch.
Only the very rich would have had pocket watches, therefore pocket sundials were much more common.
A block of wood that was used as a plate, there would have been a circular section scraped out for the food and a small circular hole in the top corner for salt.
07 Jul 2014
Nice box of stuff.
Sign up to receive important updates, news and information: