Report on the School Excavations at East Morton now available

 Children at work

Children at work

It was November last year when I worked with two classes from East Morton Primary School (West Yorkshire, UK) on a small archaeological project in the grounds of their school. It was hardly the weather for outdoor work and I was very impressed with the children’s willingness to stay outdoors despite the cold weather.

I have now completed the formal archaeological report on the work which we carried out there. To download a copy click on the link below.

East Morton Site Report v 1

Archaeology and art at KS2

A Year 3 pupil’s drawing of a piece of early 19th century pottery

A Year 3 pupil’s drawing of a piece of early 19th century pottery

Last week I did one of my archaeology sessions in a school in Bradford (West Yorkshire, UK). They are designed to follow the process of archaeology through from beginning to end. I start by talking about how archaeology works, do a simulated excavation with the children, talk about dead bodies, and wind up with the children using some of my artefacts as a basis for observational drawing. I always try to make the point that archaeology is not just about digging it’s also about sharing the knowledge that you’ve gained during your excavations. Therefore we always write a report with lots of photographs and lots of plans and drawings. The trouble for me is that I can’t draw for toffee: I always have to get someone else to do it for me. For that reason it always amazes me to see the quality of the art that some of these children produce. Perhaps in a few years I’ll be having one of them working on drawings for one of my site reports…

Full details of my sessions for schools and how to book can be found by clicking on Archaeology for Schools.