A very special visit from the winners of the Dig it! with YAC competition
We were excited to be joined today by Georgina, Kian and Phoebe - winners of the Young Archaeologists' Club's Dig it! with YAC competition.
Our young archaeologists' day began at 10.30, when lead tutor Laura welcomed them to the dig, introduced the features and artefacts found so far, explained some of the questions that we're hoping to answer, and told them about health and safety in the trench.
With hard hats and hi-vis vests on, our new trainees were straight into the trench, equipped with their brand new trowels (part of their goody bags from Past Horizons). Guided by Trent & Peak Archaeology volunteer Monty, they worked hard to clean soil from the bricks in the east part of the trench.
In the process they uncovered lots of finds, including slag, nails, fragments of glass and pottery, and some mystery objects, which might help us to understand how and when the bricks came to be here.
After some hard work in the trench it was time for our young archaeologists to join Laura for a quick tutorial. Using finds from our own dig, they learnt about some of the types of pottery that they might find on the site, and how to recognize these.
We had a quick lunch and then Georgina and Phoebe (and parents) joined other trainees for a tour of Mortimer's Hole. Meanwhile, Kian set to work on our spoil heap, sieving for artefacts. He quickly had a collection of finds, including a piece of pottery that could be medieval in date.
It was then time for Kian to join a cave tour while Georgina and Phoebe tackled the spoil. The finds bag quickly got full, and by 4.30pm, when our day ended, it was almost full with glass, metal, bone, clay pipe stems and slag.
We've had a great day with our young archaeologists and were very impressed by their knowledge, enthusiasm and interest. Thank you all for your hard work! We'd also like to thank their parents for accompanying them, and Monty and the trainees for the time that they gave to support our visitors.
If you have a youngster aged 8-16 who is interested in archaeology why not find out more about your local Young Archaeologists' Club?
We were really happy to receive a copy of this letter from the Young Archaeologists' Club, which was sent to them by Phoebe and her mum.