Another terrific day! We decided to put our two trenches in a part of the school playground that had once been occupied by some older buildings in the hope of turning up some foundations. Well, we did exactly that, or I should say that the children did, for they were the excavators.
From aged 4 to 11, all of the children got to dig in the trenches and learn some new skills. These include trowelling & trench management as well as more technical ones like using a metal detector. The main theme though was to have fun learning about their school’s past and we certainly did that!
Other finds included a school pencil, lots of 19th and 20th century pottery, coal and small glassy pieces of slag (industrial evidence) as well as a lot of concrete and several bricks (some still in situ).
Many thanks to all of the staff for making our team feel so welcome. Most of all, a very big thank you to the children who throughout the day showed a willingness to participate, find out and learn new skills both inside and outside the classroom.
Well done, St. Cuthbert’s!
St. Cuthbert's CE Primary (Pateley Bridge) Archaeology Day
16 October 2015