National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, Literacy, Cross-curricular
Length of session: 1 hour 30 minutes
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Understanding more about what counts as treasure and the legal implications of finding treasure
  • Understanding how new archaeological finds can sometimes rewrite history
  • Knowledge and understanding of using archaeological evidence to learn about the past


Activity 1: What is treasure and where might you find it?

  • Work in groups to decide where you would bury treasure
  • Discuss why people buried treasure in the past and never returned to collect it
  • Find a lost Roman Emperor
  • Learn about the boy who literally stumbled on some treasure

Activity 2: Finders Keepers

  • Find out about the discovery of the Watlington Hoard
  • Learn about the law surrounding treasure. Who does it belong to and what do you have to do if you find it?
  • Handle original and replica objects to discover more about treasure

Activity 3: ‘Treasure or not’ gallery hunt

  • Check your new knowledge in a ‘Treasure Hunters’ quiz

Activity 4: Design a coin inspired by the Watlington Hoard