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Workshop: Make a Prehistoric Pot - Prehistoric Handling

See original Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, handle museum replicas and using the same tools and techniques as prehistoric potters, create a clay model to take home


Workshop at a Glance 

Level  1st - 3rd Year, Transition Year
Group Size Designed for groups of 30 max
Duration 75 mins
Location Prehistoric Ireland Exhibition, Ground Floor and Learning Resource Room, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street.
Days available Wednesdays during term time
Times available 10:15am
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible. 



Curriculum Links

Junior Cert History

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence/ Developing Historical Consciousness/ Acquiring ‘the big picture’
  • The History of Ireland
    Thinking historically- explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate

Statements of Learning for Junior Cert

  • Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  • Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts
  • Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives
  • Creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved

Key Skills for Junior Cert

  • Managing information and thinking 
  • Communicating
  • Staying well-being positive about learning
  • Being creative- Imagining
    Learning creatively 

Transition Year 

  • Teaching methods and approaches
    Study visits and field trips 
    Activity based learning 


Learning Outcomes 

  • See real artefacts from the Stone Age and Bronze Age in Ireland
  • Learn how people in Stone and Bronze Age Ireland developed skills and used the raw materials available to them to survive
  • Learn about the construction, decorating and firing of prehistoric pottery
  • Track the development of Irish pottery from the Stone Age into the Bronze Age
  • Handle museum standard replicas of Stone and Bronze Age pottery
  • Use the skills which you have learned about to create your own prehistoric pot