We recently received some lovely feedback from a budding archaeologist who attended one of our office open days. Seven-year-old Eleanor and her dad visited our Kent office on Saturday 12th October 2019, and Eleanor later described the day in a news story she wrote for her school homework.

This is what she had to say about her visit:

“Yesterday, I visited the Wessex Archaeology office in Maidstone.

The archaeologists showed me their work, their tools and the artefacts. I have an interest in history and would like to become an archaeologist.

During my visit, there are different sections of history: Stone Age and Roman period.

While asking questions, an archaeologist explained that the head of a spear is a spearhead. This tool is made of a long piece of wood and a detailed stone. After, we discussed about flint, fossilised snails, a fleshed mammal and Neolithic human poo that was dried.

Soon after, one archaeologist displayed two fragile and rare potteries. They were from the Roman period. The archaeologists made this discovery only on Friday. No one was allowed to touch them before studying them.

I was happy to have been able to meet so many archaeologists and to touch some of the artefacts.”

Thank you for your fantastic feedback Eleanor - we hope to see you at another open day soon!

Eleanor joins in with the hands-on activities at the Wessex Archaeology open day in Maidstone Eleanor has a go at using an Occulus Rift headset to experience a Roman villa in VR