Dig Diaries - Fowler's Pottery, Northern Ireland
This summer members of the YAC have been joining excavations across the UK, as part of our annual Dig It! competition. Our first site was Fowler's Pottery in Northern Ireland.
A team of archaeologist's from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork based at Queen's University Belfast have been excavating the post-medieval pottery site for several years. Three YAC members, Ruben, Michael and Rhianna joined the excavation.
Ruben wrote about his experience on his own blog which you can read here: Ruben's Blog
Rhianna emailed us to say "Just wanted to let you know I had a great time at the Fowler’s Pottery dig. It was a very good experience and Grace and Sarah who were on site were very helpful and made it that much more enjoyable. Also the weather was dry for the first half of the dig, which was lucky for us! Thank you for the opportunity. I would be keen on taking part in any similar projects in the future".
Michael kindly offered to write us a Dig Diary about his experience and sent us some great photos
Michael's Dig Diary
My name is Michael Higgins, I am 13 years old and I come from a little village called Magheralin, in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. I enjoy video games, history and nature.
I joined the YAC to help me gain experience in archaeology to eventually help me get me a job in my dream career and I entered the YAC Dig It! Competition, never thinking that I would win - but to let me experience what it would be like digging on a site and to help me eventually decide if archaeology was the career I should pursue and to be honest I think that I have found my dream job.
The Dig Day
After almost losing our way we arrived at the site, and were greeted by the friendly staff, who we spent the day with. After a short time, the staff on the site took us on a tour of the trenches that the students had been digging during the week. As the weather had been so bad the trenches were flooded.
After the tour we got down to digging, with our new trowel, that we got with an amazing canvas bag full of goodies. While digging we had been advised to start at the side and work are way down, so that is what we did. Luckily where we were digging there were bucket loads of artefacts. One of my first finds were a couple of pieces of brick which were sadly too big to dig out. By far my best find was the top of a glass jar, which whilst I was not able to take home with me - I still remember it fondly.
After digging we got a lunch break, then started cleaning the artefacts, which because of the many pieces of glass that was found we had to be careful, because the shards were sharp and ridged.
After all that hard work, we took our bags and headed home.
When looking back at the day, I have to say the thing that I enjoyed most, was chatting with other people that had the same drive and excitement about history, and archaeology, which in my school is hard to find.
After reading my blog, I hope that you will have the courage to enter a competition and you never know you might actually win.
Thanks for reading.
If Michael has inspired you to enter a Dig It! competition, you can find out how here: Hume Castle Dig It! Competition