Explore Ireland during the Neolithic period and find out how the first farmers transformed the native landscape.
April 12, 2021
National Museums Northern Ireland
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These files will help you install the Ancient Ireland world and packs. They also provide instructions for some of the activities and a world map.
Download the Ancient Ireland world file here and open with Minecraft: Education Edition.
This lesson will transport students six thousand years into the past, allowing them to explore Ireland during the Neolithic period! This was a very exciting time when new settlers came to Ireland, bringing with them a totally different way of life. Instead of hunting, fishing and gathering wild resources, these settlers farmed the land and raised domestic animals. They lived in permanent villages and built huge monuments to their ancestors.
By playing through the world and speaking to the characters students will begin to understand the life and culture of people living in Ireland during the Neolithic period.
Students are encouraged to think about the world that they are exploring, especially around the following questions:
1. Neolithic Adventure
Students can use the portal in the World Hub to travel to the Neolithic Adventure world. The world is filled with NPCs, artefacts, buildings, farms and tombs which the students can explore and discover. There are also different activities for the students to take part in:
Students can travel to the Excavation section of the hub to take part in an archaeological excavation. Detailed instructions can be found in the supporting “Excavation Guide” PDF.
Students can explore the Museum to view Neolithic artefacts and find out some information about them.
4. Free Build
Students can travel to the Free Build section of the hub.
This project was led by Jonathan Small (Queen’s University Belfast) with support from National Museums Northern Ireland.
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