Why not ask Odile?
Have you ever wondered why exactly archaeologists dig in the ground? Or how they know how old the artefacts they find are? Or maybe why they love their jobs so much? If you have, you are not alone!
The Young Archaeologists’ Club is open to all and what we want above all else is to get teens and children interested in archaeology. What better way to do that than to answer your questions? And answer we do. Just click Ask the Archaeologist right up there in the main menu or scroll through our blog and you will find a list of our archaeologists and all the answers they have already provided for you. We are happy to answer any archaeological questions you can think of.
You can ask things that are really general or very specific. For example, Bliss (9), wanted to know: what are some of the things you have found? Archaeologist, Ian Milsted, explained that he has found a lot of people’s rubbish over the years, but also some fascinating things, such as a medieval leather shoe, Roman coins and a Bronze Age urn.
I worked on a Roman cemetery where one of the people had been buried with their shoes - all that was left were the hobnails, still lying in the shape of a pair of boots. I reckoned they were about a size 7.
Jack, however, was curious what happened to King Tut that caused him to die. According to Julian Richards we used to believe that Tutankamum died after falling off a chariot, but have since come to think that he had been in poor health for some time, suffering from inherited genetic problems as well as malaria.
Why not ask Odile?
Our newest archaeologist to help answer your questions is Odile Rouard. She is a University of York graduate and has worked as a professional archaeologist for many years, doing excavations in England, Ireland and even France. Having trained students in field archaeology, she is well-versed in explaining archaeology and answering questions. Her own interest in archaeology started as a child when Greek mythology kindled her interest in ancient cultures.
So if you feel like learning more, head over to Ask the Archaeologist, browse through what’s there and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, shoot us your own question and Odile will be happy to help!