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Ready,Steady,Go!

10 May 2018

Hands on Archaeology at Fairfield Primary, Milton Keynes

26 children across years 1, 2 and 3 recently enjoyed an action-packed morning during a hands-on archaeology session organised by our Director of Post Excavation Services, Janice McLeish. 

The children enjoyed a range of archaeological and environmental activities including making clay pots (coil or thumb), arranging a cow skeleton anatomically, mini-excavations (using buried finds in sandpits), guessing the age of an artefact and using tweezers to sort and identify a selection of environmental finds.

“There were lots of artefacts for the children to examine and guess which time period they were from, including bones, pots and tools, some from thousands of years ago. We all had an amazing time and cannot thank Border Archaeology enough for the amazing effort they put in to our visit.” (Teacher – Fairfields Primary)

Assisting Janice from Border were: Chris Faine - Finds Manager, Susanne Larsson - Finds Supervisor, Anna Rigg - Environmental Science Assistant.

The school stands on a site excavated by Border Archaeology where evidence of Iron Age and Romano-British settlement was recorded.

“We had a really fun time” concluded Janice “…. and the children were so well engaged with the activities that it was a pleasure to be there." 

It gives us the opportunity to share what we find and hopefully spur on archaeologists of the future!

Border Archaeology is committed to community involvement. This includes engagement with local parties to provide an opportunity to appreciate the archaeological finds within their locality. 

You can see more photos about this event here