Pupils given a lesson in real-life archaeology

children and artefacts
children and artefacts
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Budding young archaeologists have taken up the trowel at a new development site in Southwater.

Children from Castlewood Primary School got some hands-on archeology experience when they joined Archaeology South East (ASE) to explore the Bovis Homes development site in Millfield.

Teacher Jo Friend said: “Our visit has inspired several children to become archaeologists themselves.

“The highlight for the children was probably their own finds – part of a pipe and pieces of pottery – and being allowed to dig in the spoil heap. They were very proud of their finds and brought them back to school where the children displayed them.”

ASE Project Manager Neil Griffin said: “We are still investigating many items to find out exactly what they are and what they were used for but they include a jug, a whet stone for sharpening blades, coins and pottery.

“We have now concluded our on-site investigations, have handed the site back to Bovis Homes and will now begin the process of looking at all the objects and information retrieved from site in greater detail before publishing our results. 

“Working with local communities is an important part of our role and we will be returning to Southwater to give talks to local groups in the coming months.”