24 Suggestions for Possible Artefacts

(1) Weather Forecast

Locate local newspapers and clip their daily weather report maps and forecasts for each of the following months: February, May, August, and November. Make a copy of each of the four maps and forecasts and include them as one clue. Be sure to blacken out any mention of the town, county or country. What clue might you give to the finder to help him or her read the weather maps and forecasts and determine our region of the country?

Map of local area

(2) Local Map

Cut out about a two-inch portion of a local road map for our town. Where will you find a map? How will you decide which part of the map to use? Will you show any roadways, rivers, landmarks or railroads? Is there anything printed on the map that makes it too obvious? Should it be blackened or cut out?

(4) Tree Leaves, Branch, and Bark

Locate a small branch containing a few leaves and a small piece of bark from a tree that is very typical to our area. Why must you include a branch with leaves on it rather than just a single leaf? Don’t forget to recommend a good tree identification Internet link for the Clue Sheet.

(5) Nonedible Vegetation

Locate a sample of local vegetation that is non-edible. How will you decide which vegetation will be a good clue for our location? How large should it be? Please be sure that it is a typical piece of vegetation and not a highly unusual one. In the photograph include an adult's hand to give the viewer some perspective on size.

(7) Food Product

Find a sample of a food product that is produced in this area. It can be a local cash crop or a manufactured food product like sweets or prepared foods. Be careful to remove any writing that would give away the town or county location remaining on the package. What helpful information can you include on the Internet link that would allow someone to locate the manufacturer.

(8) Manufactured Product

Research products that are manufactured close to our town. Which products or industries are the most common? Are there any products or industries that are particularly identified with our region of the county or country? How will you include the product in the clue? What clues will you give?

(10) Class Picture

Take a photograph of all of the people who helped make this 'Areifact Box'. Include a caption to identify the names of the people. Might the names also be a clue to our location?Are the names special to your country? What might you include in the picture to serve as clues to the location of our town? Will the clothes, hair styles etc of the people in the photograph give clues to your location? Be careful not to give extra clues by mistake, such as signposts, advertisements in the background of the photo.

(11) Population Figure

How can you find out the number of people that are living in our town? Who could give you that information if you were to make a local telephone call? How recent would you like the information to be? You might wish to include different population figures for the history of our town to show how and when the population has changed. How can you suggest a reference (Internet link) for this clue without giving away country- or will the researcher need to know our area first?

(13) Telephone Book Sample

Find an old copy of our town’s telephone book. Is there a section in the yellow pages that you might cut out for this clue? How can telephone numbers help identify a region or town? Will you let them see the numbers of our area code? Why or why not? If you decide to use a yellow pages’ ad, how will you decide which ad to use? What clues will you suggest that won’t be too obvious or difficult? Are there advertisements for products or services that are unique to our town or region?

(14) Portion of a County or Province Map

Find a county or province map and cut out a two-inch square portion of it to include for this clue. How will you determine what you will include on the piece you cut out? Will you include roads, rivers, or cities? You may need to blacken out some names. Perhaps you can include only parts of some names. What Internet links or resources can you suggest for references? There are many very good Internet links to get this particular artefact.

(16) Typical Home

Find or take photographs of typical homes found in our town. What will you include as being "typical"? You might wish to include homes that are the oldest in our town. How will the homes you include be of use in discovering our location? Is there something about homes in our area that is not typical of other homes in the country or world? Is there a home that has special historical or architectural value? If so, be sure to include this feature in your photograph. Where can the researcher go to find out the information about these houses?

(17) Recipe

Find a local recipe book. Make sure it includes regional foods. Find a recipe or two that is well known and copy or write them out. You must be careful to include a local recipe. If not, the clue will not be of any use to the reader. For instance, mashed potatoes are made in many parts of the world, but boiled lobsters are famous only in certain parts of the world. Where or to whom might you suggest the researcher go to find the clue’s answer?

(19) Animal

Can you find a picture of an animal that is common and typical of our region? You may need to include more than one in order to make this clue useful. Don’t include a picture of your pet cat or hamster. What we really need is a wild, undomesticated animal. How will you decide what animals are common to our region? It might be fun to arrange a visit to see some of these animals, or have them visit us! Can you suggest a reference book that tells where the animals are commonly located?

Native animal

(20) Historic Landmark

Historic or local landmark

Are there any historic landmarks or famous buildings in our town or area? What are they? Are they well-known? Remember that you should recommend an Internet link or resource that the researchers can also find if they are to track down the location of the clue. Include photographs and descriptions on the clue card for each historic location. Give some interesting human story about the historic landmark - it will be far more interesting to the reader.

Letter posted locally

(22) Letter Envelope

For this clue you will need to find a letter that was mailed form our local post office and has a local postmark on the envelope. Clip the cancelled postage stamp and cancellation circle from the envelope. Blacken the last two or three numbers on the zip code or postal code/ How is this a helpful clue? Where can the researcher go to research our location?

(23) Newspaper Headline

Take a careful look at the headlines of our local newspapers for the next few days. Are there any headlines that a person living far away could use to discover our location? You may also want to look at the newspaper headlines from the past year or so? How will you find these old newspapers? Be sure to include headlines that refer to local (or county, provincial or state) issues that are recognisable as being from our area. You will need to include a few headlines to make this clue meaningful. How will you suggest the research solving this clue find out the needed information? This can be a very tricky clue to assemble.


(3) Native Inhabitants

Who were the original human inhabitants of your region? You may wish to contact Heritage centres to learn more about this group of people. Should your clue include the name of the native inhabitants, or will examples of the ancestral clothing or housing be sufficient?


(6) Typical Clothing

How can you include examples of typical clothing for our area? Just exactly what is typical? Will you choose summer, winter, autumn or spring styles? Or all of them? Why? How will you insure that the clothing is truly typical for our region? Is there any kind of clothing or piece of apparel that is unique to our area? What information will you provide for the clue card?

(9) Soil Sample

We need some soil that is common to our region. Where is the best place to go for this sample? It may be a good idea to include photographs of our local topography as well. What reference material or resource person could help you make this a meaningful clue? What information could you include on your Internet link? This can be a fascinating, but difficult, artefact to collect.

Local advertisement

(12) Local Advertisements

Read the advertisements in the local newspaper for three or four days. Do you find some ads for jobs or goods that you would consider typical for our town? Which will you choose to include? Will you allow street names and telephone numbers to remain on the ads or will you blacken them out? It may be fairly difficult to turn this artefact into a usable clue for the reader. Be very careful about your decision to include certain ads.

(15) Rock or Mineral

Find a few typical rocks or minerals found in this area and determine how you are going to create your clues. How can you be sure that these are typical for our region? How can you best digitise these? What references will you recommend to help identify these samples? This artefact might best be used in the second level of your artefacts as you could link to the Ordinance Survey website.

(18) Literature / Art

This artefact has great potential to show something of your town or country that the visitor will enjoy looking at or listening to. Is there a special poem written by someone from your locality - try to include something with humour. The piece of art could tell about your locality or about your conntry. What Internet link will help the researcher find the answer?

(21) Famous Person

Ask several people around town for the name of famous people, living or dead, who live or used to live here. It isn’t necessary that the people have spent all of their lives here. Now, can you find a photograph of these people or person? Will you include their names or just the picture? How will you suggest the finder attempt to identify the persons and find out where they lived?

(24) Recreational Activities

What are the most popular sports, cultural or recreational activities that are offered in our region? Can you find ticket stubs, brochures or objects that advertise this event or place? Be sure to blacken out any give-away names. Include the items you collect along with suggestions for finding their location on the clue card.



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