Social Studies

Young Archaeologist in Training: Mudlarking - Archaeology of the River Thames

For thousands of years people have lived and thrown their rubbish in the River Thames, for this two-time class join archaeologist Vanessa on the foreshore of the Thames for a fun and interactive hunt for London’s history.
Vanessa B
61 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learners will understand the depth history of London
Learners will be able develop observation skills for object identification 
Learners will understand strategies archaeologists use when dating objects
Learners will recognise the importance of correct archaeological recording
I am an experienced archaeologist and mud lark who works regularly on the foreshore of the Thames teaching learners of all ages of the history below their feet. 
Homework is optional and the next class is not dependant on completion. It will comprise of looking at a range of historic maps and animal identification between sessions.  Links will be provided through the classroom after completion of the first class.
Links to the google slides activity that takes place in the second class will be provided in the chat during class.  Please ensure your learner can access google slides.  For this reason it is best to take the class on a laptop or PC to ensure full participation.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This class will be informally assessed with verbal feedback given
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Archaeological material washes out of the foreshore of the Thames daily, this does include animal bone, which will be shown during the class.

If you learner is so excited by this and you are in (or visit) London please be aware that it is illegal to mudlark without a license. However, the charity Thames Explorer Trust does offer public walks and I recommend that you join one of those.


Vanessa B Archaeologist, explorer, storyteller and creator
61 total reviews
68 completed classes

About Me

Hi, my name is Vanessa  and I love to learn and to teach.  I love seeing learners light up with excitement when they make a break-through.  Growing up I spent a lot of time in museums and was influenced by adults who had a passion for learning in... 
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