Young Archaeologist Club winners visit the Kaims

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Excavating the burnt mound in trench 6

The Bamburgh Research Project was happy to host the winners of the Young Archaeologists Club at our Bradford Kaims Wetland Site this last Saturday. The winners were William Allis, Elizabeth Allis, Kitty Underwood, and Rosie Underwood. We had a blast showing them around the Kaims and teaching them about prehistory and burnt mounds. We can’t wait to have more visitors from YAC next year!

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Trench 6 supervisor Tom Gardner with the YAC winners

Elizabeth Allis (11 years old), wrote about her day at the Kaims:

“My brother and I had a great time digging at Bradford Kaims with the team of archaeologists. I really liked the long wooden platform that had been discovered, especially as it is the only one in the country! There was a strange wooden object near the middle of the platform, it had a sort of handle and three holes in one end. No-one knows what it is yet, I think it’s something that prehistoric people made and buried to confuse archaeologists later on. We did some troweling in trench six with Tom and found some charcoal, we put it in sample bags and labelled them. Cole showed us some of the finds like flint arrowheads and a prehistoric giant cow tooth. It was called an auroch. We were given t-shirts with an auroch skeleton on. I learnt a lot and the day was really fun. Thank you YAC, Paul and the rest of the BRP team.”

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Introduction to trench 6.

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Making simple rope from the sedges that grow near the site.

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2 thoughts on “Young Archaeologist Club winners visit the Kaims

  1. Thank you so much to everyone at the Bradford Kaims site who gave us such a great day. It was great to be able to use our tools on a real site. We learnt a lot. Rosie and kitty Underwood

  2. Great to hear that everyone had such a memorable time. I think it is so import and and valuable to give young people the opportunity to literally get in touch with their past and their heritage. Hats off to the YAC and the BRP for making this happen and congratulations to the winners!

    I love Elizabeth’s comment on the worked timber, “I think it’s something that prehistoric people made and buried to confuse archaeologists later on”. You could be on to something there, Elizabeth!

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