Dig It! with YAC at Silchester Roman Town - Competition now open
A team of archaeologists from Reading University are conducting a research excavation at Silchester Roman Town in Hampshire this July 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 Saturday 6th July 2019.
The winning YAC members will be joining the Silchester Field School on a public Open Day, so there will be a lot of activities happening on the excavation! You will be greeted by the Directors of the Field School on your arrival, and you will then be given a tour of the excavations and the Finds and Science Huts, where all of the artefacts and soil samples from the dig are washed, processed and sorted. You will also have the opportunity to see some of the exciting and informative artefacts recovered from the Bathhouse dig.
Your time on site will be spent doing a variety of different tasks: you will be able to work with the finds that are being dug up on site, and will help wash them, mark them with the site code, and learn about their use. You will also have a chance to process soil samples through a sieve, and then help sort the sample residues which will help us understand the Roman environment and diet. The second half of your day will be all about excavating! You will have a chance to work in the excavation trench, alongside students from the University of Reading, and, under supervision you will be able to do some digging within the Roman Bathhouse itself!
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 Silchester Roman Town on Saturday 6th of July 2019, just answer this question:
When were the baths first discovered and explored? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org marked Dig It! Competition – Silchester
Remember to include your name, age, email contact and your branch. Please also ensure you have parental/carer permission and note this in your email.
Closing date: Midnight June 16th 2019
Winners must be free on Saturday 6th of July 2019, 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 by email.
You can find the competition Terms and Conditions here: TandC's - Silchester
About Silchester Roman Fort
The Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading has been excavating at the Roman town of Silchester in Hampshire for over 30 years. Silchester is one of the most important Roman towns in the south of Britain, and, as a greenfield site, is one of the best preserved. This site has provided students at the University of Reading with the opportunity to learn about the development of a Roman town from its Iron Age origins through to its abandonment in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. It is also the ideal location for a Field School, with students being able to learn all about excavation on an exciting site. Currently the Silchester Field School is excavating the baths at Silchester, which lie at the lowest point within the Roman town walls, near a natural spring. The baths were first discovered and explored in 1903-4, and our aim is to re-excavate this important Roman building and to try and understand its chronology. When were the baths first built and how did their use change over time? Our excavations are not only examining the structure of the baths themselves, but are also excavating areas outside the baths where we are finding artefacts which are providing us with clues about the daily lives of the baths and the people who used them. In the summer of 2018 we made many exciting Roman finds such as a gold ring, a glass finger ring, a bronze belt buckle and lots of hairpins! We also uncovered the fabric of the frontage of the baths, and of a hypocaust below a tepidarium (warm room), revealing Roman walls up to 1m high. The Silchester Bathhouse is a remarkable building and the Field School is a wonderful opportunity to learn to excavate within the remains of one of the earliest stone buildings in Britain.