Big School Dig 2012

Today, 31 children from North Duffield Community Primary School conducted a dig on the school playing fields. 3 test pits of 1x1m were dug by the children in groups of 10,10,and 11. As each group of 10(11) were digging , the remainder were washing finds from earlier field-walking We suffered sharp showers and high winds which challenged the stability of the gazebos erected to protect them.

At 12cms below ground level they encounteresd a dirty sand deposit with few inclusions although some charcoal and granules of what appeared to be cbm, were present. At 35cms plain yellow sand with no inclusions was found suggesting that natural had been encountered. The dig was more about introducing the children to live archaeology and the discipline of digging rather than what we found.

They thoroughly enjoyed there day, excited the interest of younger children who were keen to get involved and were impatient to have to wait for their turn nexct year.

Supported by the presence of Dr Jon Kenny of York Archaeological Trust, this was Community Archaeology at its best.

2. Getting started in Archaeology: volunteering and studying as a part-time mature student

Getting started in archaeology: volunteering and studying as a part-time mature student

I’m going to explain how and why I came into archaeology (which will discuss volunteering and studying as a part-time mature student), and why I went into the field of early medieval archaeology. I hope this will show the positive effects of history and archaeology in schools, the role of museums in stimulating interest, and the significance of public access to archaeology. It will also hopefully provide some insight into the value of education, and the challenges of studying archaeology as a mature student.