Bass Strait Maritime Centre


Detecting in Group Simulations; become archaeologists for the day!

Australian Curriculum

Program structure

‘DIGS’, an acronym for Detecting in Group Simulations is an educational workshop set to inspire young archaeologists. Jaydeyn Thomas, a qualified archaeologist, leads a simulated dig that will have students undertaking surveying, digging, recording, and artefact analysis of ‘finds’ set up in our student activity tables within the Centre. Casual topical discussions happen with students during the dig. How do we work out how old something is? How can we work out where something came from?

Recommended Age

Grades 3 – 6 recommended but can be adapted upon consultation.


Allow approx. 2 hours (dependent on student numbers). This timing also includes a self-guided tour of the museum.


Price: $7.00 per student, $5.00 per teacher/educator/supervisor*

*Take the Helm simulator experience is available to students during the self-guided tour period at a cost of $2.00 / 3 students. Interest in using simulator must be expressed at time of booking.

More information
  • Bookings are essential. Please get in touch via phone or email to make a booking.
  • We cannot offer school workshops on weekends.
  • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:12 applies.
  • Start and finish times will be explained at the time of your booking. We can generally accommodate your school’s needs.
  • You are welcome to take recess or lunch on Joshua Slocum Park at the Centre (no undercover area) before or after your visit, but mid-program breaks will add additional time to your visit and must be arranged at time of booking.