Welcome to the Young Archaeologists Club Central Southern England Branch (YAC CSEB) – the club for 9-16+ year olds who have a passion for ancient artefacts, past civilisations, forgotten worlds and, oh yes, digging in the dirt.
We usually meet on the third Saturday of every month at the Archaeology Centre in Bagshot, normally between 10.15am and 1:15pm with the occasional full day session or trip. For more precise details of upcoming events please see our programme. We have two groups: a younger group for 9-12 year olds which focuses on fun-filled (and often practical) introductions to topics from archaeology, ancient history and anthropology and a flourishing older group for ages 13-16+ which takes a more detailed look at essential topics from archaeology and ancient history on both local and global scales.
In addition to our regular programme, members have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of other training activities in order to develop their practical skills.
We run training excavations which aim to equip our members with an understanding of the skills necessary to partake in an archaeological excavation. Participants are not only taught how to 'dig' but are also encouraged to take part in the various finds processing, recording, analysis and technical drawing activities that are an essential part of any excavation.
We also undertake a number of experimental archaeology projects. Recent constructions have included a working early Iron Age bread oven and a full sized Iron Age round house, thatched in the ancient style with water reed. Smaller scale ventures have included making nettle twine, flint knapping, growing Iron Age crops and Roman cookery.
Our 2017 Training Excavation and Experimental Archaeology Project took place on Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July.