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…