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2017 so far…

Pottery Illustration

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.

Pottery Illustration, the finished result.

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:

 http://www.yac-uk.org/userfiles/file/1429014915_Artefact_investigation.pdf

Money, money, money!

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

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Making Roman tombstones at Jewry Wall Museum

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.

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Dig Deep For YAC!

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.

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Bradgate Park

Why are we fundraising for the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC)?

 yac_logoYAC 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.

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Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club recording monuments in Martinshaw Wood with thr Charnwood Roots Project

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:

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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.

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YAC Fundraising: Dragon Boat Race 13th July

Representatives from the Young Archaeologist Club, as part of their fundraising effort, will be taking part in the York Dragon Boat Race  (Sunday 13th July).

To Donate Click Here

Their target is to raise £2,000 and the money will be divided in the following way

  1. YAC is the only UK-wide club for children and young people who want to get involved in archaeology. The 63 volunteer-run YAC Branches throughout the UK provide thousands of opportunities every year for young people to dig and discover. Your donation will help to provide training, support and resources for our volunteers.
  2. The York Dragon Boat Race also supports the Jack Raine Foundation, which gives support to vulnerable children and young people. One third of the money we raise will go to them.

The New YAC Dolls are made up of staff from the Council for British Archaeology, YAC volunteers, and our very good friend Phil Harding, who will be in the prow of our boat drumming us to victory! (Maybe!) Come and see us on Facebook

To Donate Click Here

 

image of boat race

 

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Great Excavations: YAC Family Archaeology Conference

Hello all
We are very excited to let you all know about an event YAC’s running in partnership with the University of York this summer:
Great Excavations: YAC Family Archaeology Conference is a whole day event at the University, giving young people a chance to hear from a range of archaeologists doing real contemporary research. There will be archaeologists speaking on Star Carr, the Himalayas, archaeological science, and Martin Carver talking about Sutton Hoo and his adventures round the world with a trowel!  There’ll also be activities to take part in hosted by us and the team from Jorvik, and opportunities to find out more about what it’s like to study archaeology at university.
It’s on Saturday 26th July, 10.30am – 5pm, and it’s £10 per person with lunch included. Suitable for ages 8+, all children and young people must bring an adult (who needs their own ticket – it’s £10 per seat!).  More information will be appearing periodically on this webpage: http://www.yac-uk.org/ebconf26
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Burrough Hill

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The meet gets underway. Just having a talk about the history of the Iron Age Hillfort and the archaeological methods used here. Not long till we can start excavating!!

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