Young Archaeologist of the Year 2017: Introducing Anna
Anna Priest is a long-standing and very enthusiastic member of Bexley Young Archaeologists' Club. She has a great love of and interest in archaeology.
Anna is one of four shortlisted nominees for the 2017 Young Archaeologist of the Year Award. The Award is one of the Marsh Archaeology Awards, organised by the Council for British Archaeology and the Marsh Christian Trust.
Anna's enthusiasm and determination to learn more about archaeology led the leaders of Bexley YAC to explore a way of providing the older members of the group with a qualification. As club leader Francine Hills explains, "We have started to use the British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR) Skills Passport. Anna has worked energetically during the sessions and is always willing to help others who may find the task more difficult."
The BAJR Skills Passport is designed to help people who are keen to become archaeologists to prove that they have learnt a range of skills, and that they are confident to work on archaeological sites. Skills that are tested as part of the Passport include: use of handtools like trowels and mattocks; site photography; planning, drawing and recording; and site safety.
Training digs and young leader ambitions
Anna is very keen to learn as much as she can about archaeology; she did a training dig last year with York University during the summer holidays, and has completed other courses with Kent Archaeological Field School too. She is always keen to have skills signed off in her Passport as she learns more and more about archaeology and the techniques used on sites.
Anna turns 16 later this year and is going to remain with Bexley YAC as a Young Leader. This will help Anna to continue to complete skills in her Passport, showing clear evidence of her ability to inspire others with her love of archaeology.
Francine told YAC why she believes that Anna should be considered for the Young Archaeologist of the Year Award 2017:
"Anna is very patient and works really well with our younger members. She is a great asset to the group and a pleasure to have with us."
Anna was highly commended in the 2017 Award. Congratulations!
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