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The mystery of the Irish Loughshinny skeletons

Lambay islandBased on archaeological evidence discovered in 2014, can your class work out the mystery of the 472 skeletons that were found in a mass grave?

This lesson is based on principles for enquiry.

The students work using a mystery approach to work out who the skeletons were and how did they die? They will be using all the skills we want from historians: asking questions, generating hypotheses, using tentative language, investigating further and adapting their first ideas.

And, they will pull of this work together at the end! This enquiry really models the enquiry process for them too.

This is a fantastic way into Irish history, or it works well to add to any Roman topic. Did the Romans ever invade Ireland is a popular debate among historians.

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