Day of Young Archaeology

The Young Archaeologists Club’s 600 volunteers lead archaeology activities for more than 7,000 kids every year. We’ve just had a typically busy weekend with activities all over the UK, here’s a snap shot of what we got up to:

Flodden YAC launch their new Branch in style!

The Flodden YAC launch their new Branch in style…

Aerial photograph of the millstone quarry on Broomridge above Ford Moss in Northumberland

By taking aerial photographs of the millstone quarry on Broomridge above Ford Moss in Northumberland. What a great first taste of archaeology!

Digging at Randal Manor

North Down YAC digging at Randal Manor medieval site in Kent.

Burying a timecapsule at Colchester Castle.

While the Colchester Branch buried a timecapsule at Colchester Castle.

One of the new northern Branches try flint knapping.

Another new northern Branch, this is the North Pennines and Northumberland Uplands YAC having a go at flint knapping.

Phil Harding steers the Good Ship YAC to victory! (It's dark cos it rained. A lot.)

Meanwhile, YAC staff, volunteers and friends paddled in the York Dragon Boat Race to raise funds to support all of YAC’s activities. Yes that is Phil Harding sitting in the prow! It’s dark cos it rained. A lot. But as Phil said, “It’s not about winning, it’s more about sensible people doing silly things because they care about YAC.”

RCAHMS – Amy Gillespie CBA Community Archaeology Placement

RCAHMS also hosts placements from the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and at the moment Amy Gillespie is working as a Community Archaeologist. Below is her contribution to Day of Archaeology as she explains her placement, work she’s currently undertaking particularly with the Scotland’s Rural Past team at RCAHMS as well as her plans for the future.

RCAHMS Amy Gillespie, CBA Community Archaeology Placement

As I’ve described in the video clip I’m here at RCAHMS for one year as a trainee community archaeologist. I recently completed an MSc in Scottish Studies and I was working part time at the University of Edinburgh as an e-learning resource developer when this opportunity came up. There are quite a few ‘on the job’ training opportunities out there at the moment and I think they are a great way for newly qualified people like me to gain lots of skills and experience.

Today I’m working on Gairloch estate maps, using our online database to catalogue and link each map to relevant sites on Canmore. Once this is completed the maps will be available to the public online. The maps came to be digitised following an SRP training session in Gairloch and so I’m sure the SRP groups in the area will be keen to see them.

One of the great things about my placement is the variety of projects and activities I can get involved in: I have been working with the SRP team validating records sent in by volunteers before uploading them to Canmore; I’ve been to conferences, including one on the Isle of Man where we held a training session in survey and recording techniques; I’m spending time at East Lothian Council and Archaeology Scotland in the run up to East Lothian Heritage Fortnight and Scottish Archaeology Month; I’m in the process of starting up the Edinburgh branch of Young Archaeologists’ Club; and I’m preparing for a two week survey trip to Rum! Phew.

I hope you have a good Day of Archaeology! For more information on the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project go to the CBA website and visit out Facebook Page.