Children from a local primary school were given an introduction to archaeology at the offices of Wessex Archaeology in Rochester last week.
The budding young archaeologists were shown some of the work that goes on at the office including washing pottery and drawing some of the finds we get from site.
Some of the children were quick to grasp the idea that finds can be used to assess the status of a site!
In the afternoon the children were then given an introduction to some of our work in underwater archaeology and identifying some of the finds, including a cannon ball and a mammoths tooth.
And we shattered some illusions - archaeologists today are more likely to wear high visibility vests and hard hats than embarrassing jumpers.
The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy their day (although the most popular part were the biscuits) and we received some most welcome thank you cards. We would have been equally happy with wine though..
The day organised by Helen Glass of Wessex Archaeology and Wendy Rogers of Kent County Council and carried out by Katie Card one of Wessex Archaeology’s specialist learning and access officers. Please contact Helen about regarding our outreach programmes and how Wessex Archaeology can add value to a development using our experienced team of specialist learning and access officers.