Dig Diaries - Ribchester Roman Fort, NW England
This summer members of the YAC have been joining excavations across the UK, as part of our annual Dig It! competition. Here we find out all about the dig day at Ribchester Roman Fort.
A team of archaeologists from the University of Central Lancashire are conducting a research excavation at Ribchester Roman Fort in Lancashire and they invited the YAC along. Three YAC members, Finnan, Iona and Elsie joined them for a day of #YACadventures.
Elsie, from Merseyside and Dee YAC emailed to say 'I had a fantastic day with the archaeology team at the Roman excavation site at Ribchester. It was a brilliant experience of the whole archaeology process from recording, excavation, finds washing and using the float machine to look for minute artefacts from which so much information can be found. We recorded and excavated part of the floor in front of the kiln within the site, putting them into finds trays to go on for examination and cleaning. Everyone was so helpful and friendly, it was interesting to meet archaeologists from all over the world who were happy to share their knowledge and experience. Thank you I had such an amazing experience and learned so much'.
Iona, from Leeds YAC, also emailed to tell us she will be sharing her newfound knowledge with her fellow YAC members 'Thank you for the fab experience at Ribchester I am going to my monthly archaeology meet in Middleton Leeds next week and will pass on all my new knowledge and experience with them'.
Finnan, from Mersey and Dee YAC sent us a Dig Diary about his day.
Finnan's Dig Diary
My name is Finnan and I am twelve years old. I live in Birkenhead and I attend the Mersey and Dee Young Archaeologists club. I joined YAC because I have wanted to be an archaeologist as long as I can remember. I went on holiday to the Orkney Islands and was inspired by the amazing sites there. Last June my mum told me about some YAC competitions and I decided to enter 2 of them. My brother won one and then I won one at Ribchester.
The Dig Day
When we arrived we were given a tour of the site where it was interesting to learn about the different buildings in the fort. Then we went into the main trench and helped measure and draw some of the finds. Then we got to dig and remove stones from the ground. After lunch we got to do finds washing with environmental archaeologists and then finds sorting before it was time to leave.
The bit I enjoyed most was doing the finds sorting and seeing how methodically the archaeologists dug up, drew, washed, sorted and logged everything.
Overall, I had a great time and would recommend it to any adventurous YAC members. Thank you for the opportunity to go and to all the people who made sure I had a great day.