Dig It! with YAC at Marden henge
A team of archaeologists from the University of Reading Archaeology Field School are working on an awesome prehistoric site in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire this summer. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day working as an archaeologist!
Three lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Sunday 16th July 2017.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will dig, wash finds, and learn other archaeological skills too – in fact, they’ll learn what being an archaeologist is really like!
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Marden henge on Sunday 16th July, just answer this question:
How many football fields would fit inside Marden henge? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your name, age and address.
Closing date: Sunday 2nd July 2017
Winners must be free on Sunday 16th July 2017, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners on Monday 3rd July by both email and first class post. Please ensure you include your postal address in your entry email.
About Marden henge
At the head of the River Avon in Wiltshire lies the largest henge in the British Isles, enclosing an area of over 15 football fields in size, within its bank and ditch. Known as Marden henge, it is the least understood of the four British ‘superhenges’ (the others being Avebury, Durrington Walls, and Mount Pleasant), so named because of their size.
Marden henge is located within the Vale of Pewsey, lying about midway between Avebury and Stonehenge, placing it at the heart of one of the richest and most exceptional Neolithic landscapes in Europe. It is also the venue for a campaign of fieldwork by the University of Reading Archaeology Field School.
In 2015 we excavated the chalk floor of an exceptionally rare and well-preserved Neolithic building, over 4,000 years old! Flint flakes, bone needles, and pottery still lay where they had been left thousands of years ago on the floor surface, and in 2016 we learnt more about the origins of the henge itself. This summer we will be continuing our work inside and outside Marden henge, aiming to understand more about the date and function of this amazing monument – and you can join us!
Check out the Diggers' Diary of last year's winners!