Roman Ribchester Revisited
Hi! I am Cassie Bradshaw. I first got into archaeology when I was just 5 years old, and I have enjoyed learning history since then. I am now 17 years old, and in 2015 I won a competition with the Young Archaeologists' Club to be able to work on a real archaeological dig for a day.
The Dig It! competition I won was to work with the team from the University of Central Lancashire at Ribchester Roman fort. After my first taste of practical archaeology thanks to YAC and UCLan, I thought I could turn my passion into a career. So this is my story, so far...!
Ribchester in 2015
My first adventure to Ribchester was in 2015. During my Dig It! day I had a chance to see all the different aspects of archaeology and what it entails. I was set to work in the southern part of the trench, where we uncovered a cesspit which is now believed to be a quencher (a pit for water used to cool down objects during metal-working). We had some good finds ranging from nails to bone. We got to do the cleaning and photography of the finds too. This showed us how to take care in not damaging the finds and knowing which types of finds can be cleaned with water and which can’t.
Ribchester Revisited, and even more archaeology, in 2016 and 2017...
Since my first dig at Ribchester in 2015, I have continued to develop my knowledge of archaeology and the processes involved in excavation and recording. I worked on a medieval church in Formby and have been back to Ribchester on two separate occasions, in 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 I spent a day at Ribchester, however in 2017 I was able to stay for two whole weeks! This enabled me to uncover a load more of the trench and discover even more finds. The development and use of the fort at Ribchester is becoming clearer thanks to our work, and we have more of an idea as we go on further with the dig.
I have also been to Lampeter University this summer on an academy doing archaeology and seeing what they offer within their archaeology course.
I am now in my final year of college. I am studying chemistry, geography and ancient history, which all help towards archaeology. My next step will be going onto university to do an integrated master’s degree in archaeology, hopefully at the University of Central Lancashire starting in 2018. I'll let you know how I get on!
Blog by Cassie Bradshaw, YAC Dig It! winner in 2015
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