The new website is go!
It's here! Welcome to our brand-new Young Archaeologists' Club website, which was officially launched on Sunday 19th April 2015 at a spectacular event at Stonehenge.
We hope that you have loads of fun exploring the Things to do and Places to go. Check out our regularly updated blog for news, competitions, reviews, young archaeologists' reports, fun facts and much more!
If you've got a burning archaeological question, then why not Ask the archaeologist?! We're really chuffed that our first archaeologist on hand to answer your questions is top TV archaeologist Julian Richards!
The new website was launched by young archaeologist Leyna McQuillin from Wiltshire, when she logged in surrounded by the stones! Leyna said, “I was totally amazed when I found out that I had won the competition to be the VIP. I have always loved archaeology, but today was so much fun! The new website is brilliant.”
Leyna and young archaeologists from three of our local clubs were joined for the launch by Phil Harding from Time Team. He explained, "YAC is a fantastic enterprise and I hope that the new website will encourage even more young people to get involved in archaeology. I was privileged to be invited to help Leyna and her fellow young archaeologists to launch the website; I certainly plan to visit it regularly!”
Launch day started really early... with everyone arriving at Stonehenge at 7.30am. This meant that we could explore the stones – and get in amongst them – without anyone else spoiling the view! Independent Stonehenge tour guide and all-round-good-guy Pat Shelley explained loads about the monument. He described how the stones are aligned on the midsummer and midwinter solstices, and showed us some really early carvings on some of the stones.
It was then back to English Heritage's Stonehenge Visitor Centre for well-earned bacon sandwiches, before Phil Harding kept us all entertained with a demonstration of flint knapping. Phil created a flint arrowhead in front of our eyes! From a lump of stone to a beautiful tool in less than half an hour.
What do you think?
Enjoy exploring our new website! Make sure you contact us if you have any questions, or to share ideas of what you'd like to read about. Better still, why not write for the website yourself? We'd love to hear from you if you've done some awesome archaeology, of if you've visited somewhere amazing.
This website is for young archaeologists like you from all over the world. So let's work together to make it fantastic!!
Blog by Nicky Milsted, YAC HQ