Square Pegs in Roundhouses
YHA Boggle Hole are looking for a gang of enthusiastic young volunteers for an amazing experimental archaeology project next year. The staff and volunteers at the hostel are applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots grant to build an Iron Age roundhouse!
They will need all sorts of help, from builders to bloggers, historians to designers, when they start building the roundhouse in 2017. Could you be part of the team?!
The project so far...
The experimental archaeological project will use woodland behind the hostel in Fylingthorpe, near Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire. Project Leaders Alex Newlyn and Harrison Aston-Monger hope to inspire lots of young people to get involved and get their hands dirty with daub!
“Bringing Prehistoric Britain into schools has always proved a challenge." explains Harrison, "The roundhouse project will provide an active and memorable experience, engaging young people outside of the classroom, and dropping them right into the middle of the Iron Age world.”
Work has already begun on site, with scrub and woodland cut back to reveal the Iron Age building site. Volunteers will be busy in early November improving access and further mapping out how the prehistoric settlement will eventually look.
The bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted at the end of October. If it is successful, January 2017 could see an amazing set of opportunities open up for young people across North Yorkshire and beyond.
As Alex described, “If the project goes ahead, we will empower young people to develop life skills such as leadership and problem solving, whilst working as designers, teachers, builders, engineers, historians and archaeologists on the build. And all the while they will be learning to understand and value our shared heritage."
YAC is fully supporting the project, and if the funding is granted to enable the project to go ahead, we'll be working with the team from YHA Boggle Hole to get as many young archaeologists involved as possible. Watch this space!!
For more information and to get involved...
The project is open to anyone aged between 11 and 25. Contact YHA Boggle Hole for details of how you can support the project and get involved!
Phone: 01947 880352