Check out this fantastic film of a project we have been helping out with in Market Bosworth. Our test-pit features in the film at 1.24 minutes. You can find out more about the project in our latest newsletter (issue 4) or at the project website https://www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/discoveries/projects/community-archaeology/bosworth-links
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Leicestershire YAC has had a great start to 2017. In February, at our first session of the year, we met at the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History to learn about Pottery Illustration. Drawing artefacts, like the fragments of pottery found on archaeological digs, is really important because it encourages us to look closely at what we have found – what shape is it? What decoration does it have? What is it made of? This allows us to then ask what was it once used for? How was it used? And when was it made?
First, to test our skills of observation, we each picked a potato from a bag and had a go at drawing it. We had to carefully observe all the spots and blemishes on it, measure it, and draw it from several different angles. We had to think carefully about what made our potato unique because once we were finished it went back in the bag, and at the end of the session we had to be able to pick it out again, from amongst all the other potatoes, based on our observations. This taught us about the need for being accurate when drawing artefacts.
Then, we had a go at drawing some Roman pottery from the School’s ceramic collection. Choosing sherds of pot, we used a rim chart to begin reconstructing what the pot once looked like. We work out the diameter of the pot and how tall it was, and drew a cross-section across it to show what it looked like on the inside and the outside, and how thick the sides were.
If you want to have another go at what we did, or weren’t able to make it to the session and want to have a go, you can find the instructions here:
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In March we visited Harborough Museum in Market Harborough to learn about the Iron Age Hallaton Treasure Hoard. Wendy Scott from the Portable Antiquities Scheme showed us some of the Iron Age and Roman coins found in the hoard, and we put on gloves and handled some of the coins. We learnt about the different symbols and names on the coins, and compared the Roman and Iron Age coins to see how they differed. We then explored the museum gallery, dressed up as Iron Age people, tried on Roman helmets and had a go at striking our own Iron Age coins!
We also discussed the importance of reporting finds, so they can be recorded, and the problems illegal metal detecting cause.
Wendy finally challenged us to design our own coin. If you want to have a go, draw around a plate on a piece of paper and fill the circle with your coin design. Bring it along to our next session in April and we will take pictures of them to send to Wendy to put up on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.
If you want to learn more about the heritage of your area, or want to report something you have found visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website https://finds.org.uk
Alternately, if you want to know more about historic sites or buildings near you, you can search the Historic Environment Record at www.heritagegaeway.org.uk
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.
Help Leicestershire’s young archaeologists raise money for the ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ campaign.
On Saturday 27 June, 2015 Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club are undertaking a sponsored walk at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. As our members undertake the Bradgate ArchaeoQuest, they will enjoy a fun day out at the park which will see them walk the 7km circuit around this fantastic historical location. As part of the event the group will explore the park’s extensive history, undertaking fun archaeological challenges along the way to raise money for the ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ campaign.
Why are we fundraising for the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC)?
YAC is the only nationwide organisation for young people interested in archaeology. Run as a network of more than 60 local clubs across the UK, every year it allows over 7,000 young people (aged 8-16) to get their hands mucky doing real archaeology. Our vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future.
Raising funds is critical to our success but like many organisations and charities we are facing a challenging financial future. Until recently, YAC received statutory funding but sadly this is no longer the case. Inevitably, this has had a major impact on the organisation’s finances. To keep YAC running and to help support the 600 volunteers who give up their time to make the local YAC branches work, we are seeking to raise £45,000 nationally this year, and the Leicestershire YAC branch aims to do its bit to contribute.
We believe YAC offers a fantastic range of opportunities and every penny raised will help young people across the UK realise their potential through archaeology, so please ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ and donate now.
How can I donate?
There are a number of ways you can sponsor our members taking part in this challenge. The easiest way is to donate online through our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Leicestershire-YAC. Alternately, you can sponsor one of our members using this sponsorship form:
If you would like to learn more about YAC UK please visit our website www.yac-uk.org. If you would like to learn more about the Leicestershire branch please explore the rest of this website or find us on twitter @LeicesterYAC.