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Breaking the Past
Breaking the Past

Breaking the Past

In this creative holiday workshop, young archaeologists-in-training can decorate, smash and puzzle an artefact back together!

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01 Oct 2023, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Are you ready to become an archaeologist-in-training? Join the Hellenic Museum as we create, destroy, and discover how artefacts are pieced back together to help unlock history.

Archaeologists uncover the secrets of people from the past through the objects they've left behind. Most of what has survived is pottery, as terracotta is virtually indestructible, and even when broken it can be pieced back together. Studying pottery can help archaeologists to locate or reconstruct ancient sites, or provide evidence of trade, while their painted designs can tell us about a society, its religion and daily life.

In this hands-on holiday workshop, young archaeologists-in-training will draw inspiration from ancient patterns and symbols to paint a story onto a miniature pot or plate. Then, to simulate the ravages of time, we will carefully smash your piece – but do not worry! In the final step, you will discover firsthand how archaeologists meticulously reconstruct artefacts, and restore your pottery to its former glory with the help of experienced staff.

This workshop is recommended for ages 7–14 years. Tickets include all materials, and Museum general entry after the workshop.


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