Archaeology at Birkenshaw

Today and tomorrow I’m working on an archaeological project at Birkenshaw CE (C) Primary School (West Yorkshire, UK). Old Ordnance Survey maps suggested that the school was built on a greenfield site and this therefore suggested the possibility of a range of manuring finds such as we had at Austhorpe and St Phillip’s (Middleton).

Yesterday I opened up a 6.0 m x 1.0 m trench on open land to one side of the school. This morning we had classroom sessions to explain to the two Year 2 classes what archaeology is all about and this afternoon they had a turn at a real archaeological excavation.

There appears to be a substantial depth of plough soil so the assumption that this was a greenfield site seems to be correct. Unfortunately finds were few – a couple of pieces of Victorian pot and lots of fragments of brick.

Perhaps tomorrow will bring that pot of gold that the children were all expecting. We’ll just have to wait and see…..

Pictures coming tomorrow…



2 comments on “Archaeology at Birkenshaw

  1. bev says:

    Hope the weather was kind to you. I’m looking forward to seeing the photographs. Did you dig here last year? Did you make similar finds?

    • daveweldrake says:

      The weather was OK luckily, but I don’t think it would have mattered too much to the children. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

      I’ve not done excavation work here before though I did do an introduction to Archaeology session at the school last year. If you remember it was arranged by one of your students at Leeds Trinity University.

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