Hi everyone. I’m sure you all remember back in July we asked for club members to bake cakes to sell at the launch of the Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology at Jewry Wall. It was a fantastic day. We really managed to ‘Bring Our Past to Life’ and a big thank you to all who baked and attended the event.
A little out of his depth, YAC leader Mathew found himself compering a fashion-show through the ages!
The aim of our Great YAC Bake Off was to raise money for the Dig Deep For YAC campaign and I am pleased to announce we raised £104.50 from our cake sale.
We were really impressed with everyone’s contributions and it was really really hard to pick a winner. We had everything from castle-shaped sponges, medieval floor tile rice-crispy cakes, chocolate brownie excavations and ginger loaf cake graves!
As none of the Club leaders could choose between such fantastic cakes we recruited a celebrity judge, Dr Richard Buckley from the University of Leicester (the archaeologist who lead the search for Richard III), who choose this fantastic amazing archaeological excavation cake. Congratulations to Reuben Cullup, our YAC Master Baker 2016!
Our winning cake!
Hi everyone, we’ve updated Meets for 2016 with what we’re getting up to this summer. Check it out!
Also, check out these great heritage open days coming soon!
It’s that time of year again! Summer at the Young Archaeologists’ Club HQ means our incredible Dig It! excavation competitions are back.
This year, we’re looking for three young people aged between 8 and 16 to work alongside the archaeologists at five amazing sites. Winners dig, wash finds, and learn other archaeological skills too – in fact, they’ll learn what being an archaeologist is really like!
CLICK on the links below to find out how to enter:
Ribchester Roman Fort near Preston on Sunday 3rd July 2016. The closing date for this site is Wednesday 22nd June
Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland on Saturday 9th July 2016. The closing date for this site is Wednesday 29th June
Fulford Battlefield near York on Sunday 17th July 2016. The closing date for this site is Wednesday 6th July 2016
Marden henge in Wiltshire on Sunday 17th July 2016. The closing date for this site is Wednesday 6th July 2016
Minsmere in Suffolk on Sunday 18th September 2016
Each winner will also get their own amazing tool roll to keep – kindly donated by our friends at Past Horizons!
Check out this neat 3D model of King Richard III’s grave that archaeologists at the University of Leicester have just produced! Its fully interactive, click on the model to load it, hold the mouse button down to rotate, press Ctrl to zoom in and out and Shift to move it around.
Read more about how it was made here https://ulasnews.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/archaeologists-digitally-reconstruct-king-richard-iiis-grave/
Last month we had a fantastic session at Jewry Wall, discovering the meaning of messages displayed in the imagery on Roman tombstones. Only one in ten people could read in the Roman world so we were looking at these monuments as the majority of Romano-Britons would have done, without reading.
Club Members had a great time thinking about the meaning of particular scenes and looking for cunning little details that could tell us something about what the Roman people valued and how they wanted to be remembered.
They also had a chance to design their own tombstone and model them in clay. If you would like to have a go at designing your own Roman tombstone, here are some ideas of what you could put on it.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not join the free festivities at Jewry Wall on Sunday 6th March (11.30am – 3.30pm) and help the museum celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester’s only purpose-built history museum, opened its doors on 4th March, 1966. To celebrate, the Friends of Jewry Wall have organised a day full of fun events for all the family.
There will be:
- Tours of the Roman Baths and the museum’s treasurers
- Historical re-enactments
- A talk on the story of the museum
- A Roman coin die where you can strike your own anniversary souvenir
- Children’s activities
- Anglo-Saxon activities
- Woad face painting
- Dressing up as a Saxon warrior and a medieval knight
- An ancient port pie and medieval ploughman’s lunch
- And more…
For more information, visit the museum’s website on http://www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/our-venues/jewry-wall-museum
Sunday 21st February at 11.30am
Our first meeting of 2016 sees us visiting Jewry Wall Museum as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
In this meeting we are going to look at Roman tombstones and the messages displayed in the imagery. Only one in ten people could read in the Roman world so we are going to look at these monuments as the majority of Romano-Britons would have done, without reading.
We are going to be thinking about the meaning of particular scenes and any cunning little details. This should tell us what the Roman people valued and how they wanted to be remembered. You will then have a chance to design your own Roman tombstone and model it in clay!
How to book: members, please book your place online no later than Thursday 18th February.
Charge: £1.50 per member
What to bring: This session will be based entirely indoors
Directions: Jewry Wall Museum is in Leicester City Centre close to Jubilee Square and the Holiday Inn. For further directions, the museum has a map on their website http://www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/our-venues/jewry-wall-museum
Hi all, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year break.
We’re busy putting together plans for this years events, with a newsletter due mid-February taking you through what we plan to the end of the year.
Our next meeting has provisionally been pencilled in for Sunday 21st February. Please note that this may change, so this is more a “save this date” and keep an eye out for our newsletter for confirmation of the session details.
In the meantime, we want to remind you that we welcome contributions to our next newsletter. we know many of you have lots to share and we think it would be great to do this via our newsletter and website. Can we ask that contributions are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12th February.
Check this out! Archaeologists from ULAS have created a rotatable 3D model of a piece of Roman wall found during an excavation in Leicester.
They have used a process called photogrammetry. During the excavation, lots of photographs were taken of the wall from lots of different angles. These were loaded into a programme called AgiSoft PhotoScan which stiched them all together to create the 3D model. This is a quick and easy way to accurately record something very complex and is a very useful technique for archaeologists.
Click on the 3D button, wait for the model to load then hold down the left mouse button to rotate. Use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
Cast your minds back to the summer…
In July we spent a great weekend excavating two test-pits in Whitwick as part of Charnwood Root’s Whitwick Big Dig. Over the two days, one dry and sunny and one very wet, Club members excavated two test-pits in Whitwick Park. This was a great opportunity for our members to get involved in a real archaeological project and it was fantastic to help out with the Charnwood Roots Project again following our successes last year at Anstey.
Last weekend I was back in Whitwick to help reveal the results of the project to the excavation team and it was great to see some of our members amongst the crowd. Over the weekend, we managed to dig 29 test-pits across the village with the goal of exploring the nature of Whitwick’s settlement history and promote local history and heritage to the community.
Sadly, the excavations mostly yielded a mixture of modern and post-medieval artefacts and features and we have learnt very little about the village’s early history. Only 9 test-pits produced medieval pottery, but this includes the two excavated by LYAC which is great! The conclusion is that the medieval pottery in our pits has probably been deposited through manuring of fields surrounding the village. This is confirmed by the surviving earthworks of medieval ridge and furrow surrounding Test-Pit 11.
To learn more about what we discovered, download the Test Pit Reports for our two pits (below):
Whitwick Test Pit 10
Whitwick Test Pit 11
Also check out these two great films of the weekend produced by the Charnwood Roots Team. Look out for Club members and Branch Leader Steve being interviewed!
Again, we would like to say a big Thank You! to the Charnwood Roots Project for giving us this fantastic opportunity to take part in a great archaeological project. Next year the team will be digging in Rothley and we look forward to taking part!