Dig Diaries - Silchester Roman Town
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 Silchester Roman Fort.
A team of archaeologists from Reading University are conducting a research excavation at Silchester Field School in Hampshire and they invited the YAC along. Three YAC members, Archie, William and Phoebe, joined them for the day.
Archie from Basingstoke YAC emailed to say "I had a great time thank you! I personally think the cleaning was the best part because it was satisfying to look at something that’s all covered in dirt, and then clean it and be able to see what it is very clearly. It was funny cleaning a cow's teeth because it didn't do it itself, and I am not very good at cleaning my teeth!!!
I also liked digging but because my back hurt I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to and I thought the geophysics was smart but must be really hard in the burning hot sun.
Overall I give it an 8/10 experience, only because of my back hurting so I couldn’t get a "small find”. The students were very nice and knew lots".
Phoebe's Mum, from Spelthorne YAC, also got in touch to tell us about her day "Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave Phoebe to go to Silchester on Saturday, she had a fantastic day and loved every minute of it! The whole day was really well organised and we found that everyone on site was well prepared, incredibly welcoming and very generous with both their time and their knowledge.
The three university students that we spent most of the time with - Eve, Freya and Emily, were fantastic in listening to the kids, answering their questions and involving them in all the activity on site. It has cemented Phoebe's ambition to become an archeologist - given the chance she would still be digging in the trenches now! It was quite hard to persuade her that we did actually have to go home at the end of the day!".
William's Mum, from South East Wales YAC, told us "William thoroughly enjoyed the day. Everyone we met, and that were with us throughout the day, were very friendly. The children were respected and the day was not 'dumbed-down', as often can be the case, because they were young. Everyone was really generous with the time they gave to the children. We met a super lot of students, they are very inspiring, along with all the other people we met too. It was an absolutely fantastic day.
The bag (from Past Horizons) and it being full of goodies too, was very thoughtful.