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Ancient Australia Unearthed

02.10.2013

Over the past six months, I’ve had heaps of teachers ask me for information – websites, books or anything else useful – that will help them teach the new Australian Curriculum history topic ‘Ancient Australia’. This unit is all about the Indigenous past, and while there are a handful of amazing online activities for kids, there are a total of zero comprehensive books devoted to this topic for a high school audience.

21Yep. Zero.

Powerful and well-funded bodies such as Veterans Affairs provide a wealth of information and activities for topics like Gallipoli and the Vietnam War, but Ancient Australia – an equally important part of our history – has been sorely neglected.

I intend to change that by writing a book about Ancient Australia.

Ancient Australia Unearthed is a unique book for kids that uses archaeology to teach Australia’s ancient history.

As an archaeologist, I have the knowledge and expertise to analyse the science. As a teacher, I understand what is required to translate this academic language into plain English. And as a writer, I have the skills to do just that.

PROBLEM: Large slabs of information about Ancient Australia are locked away in archaeology reports and academic journal papers. And which teachers have a month to sift through a pile of scientific articles and then turn that information into fun classroom activities? None that I know!

SOLUTION: I’ll do the research then translate the academic language into plain English. I’ll add a stack of exciting classroom activities along with heaps of great pictures, illustrations and games. That way, teachers can spend more time on the fun and less time on the work.

This video provides an overview of the project:

 

Visit my Pozible page or Ask the Archaeologist for more information.

And… I’ve got some great Ancient Australia Unearthed merchandise to give away! You could be the proud owner of:

Like this hat!

This hat!

Or this magnet!

Or this magnet!

Any funds raised through this Pozible campaign will be spent on making this book as colourful and exciting as possible, to capture kids’ interest and imagination.

I need your help to get the word out – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, word of mouth, tattooing your forehead – whatever your poison, please spread the word!

Join me, and help me unearth the fascinating history of Ancient Australia!

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