Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-age objects, a visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre gave Year 5 pupils the opportunity to learn about the real Viking settlement of Jorvik.

Children experienced the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York on the site of the world-famous Coppergate Dig and came face-to-face with fascinating 1000-year-old artefacts in the galleries, with the help of friendly Viking guides.

Pupils enjoyed archaeology training where they learned more about which materials survive and how archaeologists sort and identify finds from different historical periods. Then, they had a go at digging for themselves on replica excavation sites where they discovered more about the history of York over the past 2000 years.