Bexley YAC: Skills Passport blog - June 2017
Bexley YAC are using the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) Skills Passport to help their older members to learn and develop the skills needed to become a field archaeologist. They are the first of our YAC clubs to use the Passport with their members.
Learning about layers
In our June 2017 meeting at Bexley YAC, we continued working through our Archaeology Skills Passport.
In this session we learnt about the layers in the ground, discussing what we could tell based on how the earth was coloured and arranged. The different layers make up the stratigraphy of the site. Stratigraphy is all about what happened when. It is the word used to describe the order of layers or deposits found on an archaeological site. It enables archaeologists to work out how different features and finds discovered on a site relate to each other. It is usually the case that layers that are closest to the present-day ground surface will be younger than those buried beneath, with the oldest layers at the bottom.
We also did a stratigraphic sequence sketch of what we saw and a matching Harris Matrix diagram.
Once we finished we made a tile out of clay, designing it with our own unique pattern.
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