A Year of Young Archaeologists’ Club
Ali, one of the members of our Fulham Palace YAC, revisits some of his highlights from a year of YACing!
A year in the life of Fulham Palace YAC!
Last October, I joined Fulham Palace’s Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC as we like to call it). At first I was nervous as I thought I was going to be the oldest person in the session, but I had no need to be embarrassed, as the participants are a range of ages – from as young as 8 to as old as 16.
Fulham Palace’s Young Archaeologists’ Club is fun, entertaining and informative. Over the past year we have looked at everything from the history of the Fulham Palace moat and chapel, to animal bones and fossils. In the summer, we were also lucky to have a go at mudlarking along the banks of the River Thames, where we discovered a range of items: from a Nokia mobile phone from the late 1990s to pieces of pottery possibly hundreds of years old!
In September’s session we discovered some amazing facts about animal bones, linking skeletons to their animal counterparts and handling a variety of recently found animal skulls and bone parts from animals such as foxes, sheep and cows. We also sat down and explored bone parts from hundreds of years ago, trying to work out what they were as we examined them.
Medicine and mudlarking
We have learnt about many historical aspects of archaeology, with one session on ‘Medieval Medicine’ even allowing us to make several remedies (and discover some revolting ones!)
Overall, I think the session I have enjoyed the most so far is when we cleaned the objects that were discovered during our mudlarking. (In one of the pictures you can see me with my cleaned treasures!)
I feel that we have had the chance to learn about a really wide range of things at YAC, which would not be possible without the help of Pam, Sue, Jess and Nia, who organise and run our monthly YAC sessions in the Jessie MyIne Education Centre at Fulham Palace.
I am looking forward to the activities in the upcoming months and cannot wait to see what we'll be getting up to next…
Blog by Ali, YAC member, aged 13