On site with Peak District YAC
Last session, Peak District YAC went digging! We were invited by the team from a community archaeology project called Peeling Back the Layers to help investigate the Tudor origins of a farmstead near Buxton in the Peak District.
There were three trenches, each investigating a different anomaly. An anomaly is an archaeological feature that hasn't yet been fully explained.
One trench was placed beside a disused cellar, another on a flat platform in the side of a hill, and the third was placed to investigate a strange feature that was picked up by a geophysical survey. We had a go at digging in each of these trenches.
We found some 19th and 20th century pottery. It was important to make sure we noted exactly where it came from for accurate recording. We also found lots of stones! We then washed our finds and completed some artefact recording forms to help us think about what each object was, and what it might have been used for.
We then tried our hand at some Tudor activities. We made rush candles, wrote with a quill and ink, made our own Tudor farms out of cardboard, and churned our own butter. We were even able to take our butter home with us in some Butterbur leaves, as they would have done in Tudor times.
Blog by Rosie Scales, Peak District YAC
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