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Feel the history - about archeology and the people of antiquity

Description of the program

In the school program Feel the story students learn more about archeology as a method and source of knowledge, as well as about the conditions the people who lived in ancient times had and how they used the resources they had available in the local area.

Together with an archaeologist / educator from the Dalarna museum, we talk about things like:

  • What does an archaeologist do?
  • How to use archaeological source material to ask questions of the material and learn about ancient times and thus gain knowledge about the people who lived in Dalarna several thousand years ago.
  • What is preserved in the ground and what is not preserved?
  • About the importance of being source-critical towards the material to be interpreted.
  • What to do if you find something really old?
  • About timelines and different perspectives on time

The program is carried out in the museum's workshop or in the classroom at the school. With the help of a rich supply of materials, students get to feel and squeeze archeological objects (or copies of archeological objects) and learn how archaeologists can interpret an event in history through a physical object. Students will also see pictures and short film clips to learn more about archaeological methods and source criticism.

Depending on the size of the class, the students work with this in groups of 2-4 people per group.
Finally, the students get to report to each other how they thought and interpreted about the objects the students worked specifically with within the group.
The program can be focused on a specific time period, if desired (Stone Age - Middle Ages).


We recommend the program primarily for grades 3-6, but the content can be adapted so that it is also suitable for F-class up to grade 9.

Send your booking request to bokning@dalarnasmuseum.se

SEK 800 / school class
The program can also be carried out on site at the school. On these occasions, a km allowance of SEK 3,65/km is added.

Abilities that are trained

  • knowledge of events, actors and change processes during different time periods as well as of historical concepts and long historical lines,
  • ability to ask questions of historical sources and to interpret, critically examine and evaluate these, and
  • ability to reflect on how history can be used in different contexts and for different purposes.

Connection to Lgr 22

History (socially oriented subjects)

Grades 1-3

To live together

  • Conversation about and reflection on moral issues and life issues of importance to the student, for example friendship, gender roles and death.

Living in the local area

  • Some distinctive features in the natural and cultural landscape of the surrounding area. Traces of the last ice age.
  • The history of the home town and what the local places, buildings and everyday objects can tell about life there during different times.

Living in the world

  • Spatial conditions in nature and environment for population and buildings, for example land, water and climate.
  • The emergence of man, migrations, gathering and hunting as well as changed living conditions in connection with the transition to agriculture.
  • The Nordic region is populated. People's living conditions during the Nordic Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
  • Stories in ancient and Nordic mythology and in Sami religion.

To examine reality

  • Methods for searching for information, for example text reading, interviews and observations. Conversations about the usefulness and reliability of various sources.
  • Mental maps, for example of the local area, school roads or other places that are significant to the student.
  • Timelines and time concepts past, present and future.

Grades 4-6

Cultural meetings and state formation in the Nordic countries, around 800–1500

  • Nordic cultural encounters with other parts of the world through Viking voyages and the medieval trade system.
  • State formation and the establishment of Christianity in the Nordic countries and the consequences of these changes.
  • Similarities and differences in living conditions for children, women and men during the time period.
  • What historical sources are, such as archaeological finds, texts, oral histories and digital materials, and how they can be used to provide knowledge about the past.
  • Historical use linked to the time period, for example how Vikings are portrayed in popular culture.

Power relations and living conditions in the Nordic countries, circa 1500–1800

  • What historical sources from the time period, such as letters, diaries and maps, can tell us about the past.
  • Historical use linked to the time period, for example in street names, memorials and advertising.

Grades 7-9

Societal transformations: the rise of civilizations and industrial societies

  • Interpretation of historical sources from any time period and examination based on source-critical criteria. Evaluation of the relevance of the sources based on historical issues.
  • Analysis of the use of history linked to some time period, for example how different actors use history to create or strengthen national identities.


  • Methods – Field studies to investigate natural and cultural landscapes.

Science subjects

Materials and subjects

  • How materials can be sorted by some properties, such as appearance, whether they are magnetic, and whether they float or sink in water. How the materials can be recycled.


  • Ability to seek information from various sources and evaluate these…
  • Oral presentations and oral narration. Objects, images, digital media and tools and other aids that can support presentations.


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