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Maritime heritage

Fun student books

Fun and games for younger students

The following books provide great ideas for activities. The Heritage Branch welcomes information on other publications or activites that can be placed on this web site.

Digging Up The Past: Archaeology for kids

By Timothy D. Owen and Jody N. Steele. Published by Southern Archaeology, Blackwood, South Australia 2001

Digging up the Past has been written for primary aged children and teachers who want to know all about archaeology. The book has been written by two archaeologists who realised how much fun it was playing in the dirt, and how exciting archaeology can be. The book includes fun drawings of the work undertaken by archaeologists, both above and below water, the tools they use, and the way they record the past. The reader can have fun colouring in the pictures, completing the puzzles and learning a lot of detailed information along the way.

Information on the 41-page book can be obtained from the authors c/- Department of Archaeology, Flinders University of South Australia, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide. South Australia 5001, or the publisher at broken link

Kids and Water, Book 11 - Shipwrecks

A National Marine Education Program initiative, Kids and Water comprises a series of eighteen booklets featuring water themes. Book 11, entitled, Shipwrecks, provides an introduction to the area of maritime archaeology, the significance of sites, how archaeologists excavate and record shipwrecks and what information can be gained from them. The series was first published by Wet Paper Publishers and Consultants in 2000.

Information on obtaining the reading kits and starter packs (comprising a number of the available titles) can be obtained from the publishers by phone (07) 5597 2806, E-mail at, or their website:

Page last updated: 31 August 2012