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Our current archaeologist is Dr Claire Corkill.
I'm Claire Corkill, and I’m really excited to be YAC’s latest resident archaeologist! I can’t wait to hear all of your archaeology questions.
I work at the Council for British Archaeology which means I get to be involved with all sorts of great projects like YAC, the Festival of Archaeology and Home Front Legacy.
I studied archaeology at the University of York where I did my PhD on the First World War. Before that, I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Liverpool and got to dig on all kinds of sites from prehistoric settlements to medieval abbeys.
Growing up on the Isle of Man, there were always plenty of archaeology and heritage sites to visit and I loved imaging what life would have been like for the people who lived there in the past. As soon as I was able, I started to volunteer on digs. I was really lucky to be able to help excavate a complete Bronze Age pot from the hearth of a house on my very first dig. After that I knew I wanted to be a professional archaeologist!
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Dr Claire Corkill
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I live near Pontefract in Yorkshire. Recently near where I live some builders making houses found a grave with Roman soldiers in. My grandad was talking to one of the builders and he said they still had their armour on. Did this happen often?
Charlotte Wilson (age 9)
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This does sound unusual as armour was normally re-used or recycled, although there are a few examples of this practice in Roman Britain. It sounds like a remarkable discovery! In 2010, a complete set of Roman armour was found on a dig in Caerleon…
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