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CASkits are County Archaeological Service kits. They are handling kits of archaeological artefacts accompanied by a CD of suggested activities and supporting resources.


50 CASkits were made. Every school who took part in the Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past project received a CASkit for free as a thank you. Several other schools also benefited from a free CASkit.


If you are a school with a CASkit but have lost the CD or if you would like to use the resources, you can download them from this page.


Please send us examples of other resources so we can share them with other schools.

Getting your hands on a CASkit 

There are several ways you can now get your hands on a CASkit:

1. Borrow one from the Schools Library Service. CASkit 47 and Virtual Excavation Box 2 are at the Schools Library Service - click on either of these to find out what's in them.


2. Hire an archaeologist from us who will bring a CASkit along with them and can do other archaeological activities. Contact the County Archaeological Service. We have CASkit 48 and Virtual Excavation Box 1 - click on either of these to find out what's in them.


3. Borrow one from a nearby school. Below you can see a list of schools arranged geographically. Click on a school to see what's in their CASkit. Then contact the school directly to ask if you can borrow it.



Aylesbury High School

Bedgrove Infant’s School

Haydon Abbey School, Aylesbury

John Colet School, Wendover

Oak Green, Aylesbury

Sir Henry Floyd, Aylesbury

St Edward’s Catholic, Aylesbury

St Mary’s CE, Aylesbury

Stoke Mandeville Combined


Bernwood (Western Aylesbury Vale)

Long Crendon

Oakley School

Waddesdon Village School

Westcott First School



Bourton Meadow, Buckingham

Gawcott Infants



Chalfont St Giles Infants/Junior

Chess Valley Grange, Chesham

Curzon School, Penn Street

Elangeni School, Amersham

Great Kingshill

Holmer Green

Little Kingshill, Great Missenden

Robertswood, Chesham


Eastern Aylesbury Vale

Edlesborough School

Great Horwood

St Michael’s CE School, Stewkley

Wingrave School


Princes Risborough area

Monks Risborough

Princes Risborough School


South Bucks

Burnham Grammar

Farnham Common Junior

Farnham Royal Primary

St Mary’s and All Saints, Beaconsfield

St Nicolas’ CE School, Taplow

St Peter’s CE School, Burnham

The Meadows, Wooburn Green



CASS, Wycombe Hospital

Chiltern Gate School, High Wycombe

Disraeli Combined, High Wycombe

Great Marlow School

Hannah Ball Infants, High Wycombe

Manor Farm Community School, Hazlemere

Marsh First School, Abbey Barn Road

Naphill & Walter’s Ash School

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary, High Wycombe

St Bernard’s Secondary, High Wycombe


There are lots of people and companies who contributed to making the CASkits.

  • Toolboxes provided by Hertfordshire Supplies.
  • Foam provided by Polyformes.
  • CASkit branding created by Buckinghamshire County Council's Graphics Team.
  • Archaeological artefacts provided by: Cambridgeshire Field Archaeology, Chess Valley Archaeology and History Society, Gillian Beckley, Julia Wise, Northamptonshire Archaeology.
  • Snail shells provided by Buckinghamshire County Council's Countryside Initiatives Team.
  • Replicas provided by: Neil Burridge, John Lord, Andrew Macdonald.
  • The Whiteleaf Excavation Game created by Oxford Archaeology.

The following volunteers and staff helped to crawl over spoilheaps, wash and identify finds, sort snail shells, carve foam and deliver the boxes to schools, so a great big thank you to them!


Gillian Beckley; Betty Bell-Smith; Michael McCann; Rachel McIntyre; Lorna Pope; Nicola Savage; John Shipley.


And, of course, they were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.