Archaeology Adventure is the first in a series of Metro Tunnel Education Program resources available for the Minecraft: Education Edition version of Mini Melbourne. It’s a multiplayer activity based on the 2018 excavations at historically significant sites that were cleared in the centre of Melbourne for the Metro Tunnel Project.
It introduces students to the basic principles of archaeology and the importance of investigating and preserving our heritage. The activity also reinforces teamwork, record keeping and problem-solving skills as students try to uncover as many artefacts as possible and come up with their own interpretation of the site’s history.
Additional resources encourage students to consider what life was like during the era they are investigating and how things have changed over time. Along the way they’ll meet some interesting people from Melbourne’s past, learn about the challenges of life in the new colony, how people lived and worked, and the dramatic shifts of fortune that have shaped not only individual lives but the life of the city itself.
The below resources are what you will need to effectively run this activity in your classroom. Remember this can only be run in Minecraft: Education Edition. The easiest way to get started is to download everything from within the Resources - Primary or Resources - Secondary package. This includes the world, the Artefact Record Sheet, the Mission Briefing Video, Site Map, Teacher Guide and Instructional Video, as well as all the printable cards linked from within the game if you wanted hard copies in your classroom.