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Archaeology field trip

Years 5 and 6 from The Hall visited Bradgate Park to take a look at Leicester University's Archaeology Field School. They took part in a one-hour walking tour which included a discussion about how archaeologists use LiDAR to discover potential archaeological sites before any excavation takes place. They were also shown the site and archaeological evidence that was discovered for prehistoric activity in this area of the park 15,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. Then, they were taken to where current excavations are taking place (a stable block belonging to Bradgate House), viewed an excavation in process and had the opportunity to meet archaeologists, students and ask questions. Some things that had been discovered that morning were clay pipes, a decorative glass tankard from Germany and a belt buckle.
A one hour hands on activities session was undertaken that linked to the discoveries made at Bradgate Park since 2015 using real prehistoric flint and stone tools, medieval pottery, animal bones from the outreach resource collection. Actual finds being processed from the current seasons excavation by the Finds Team were shown to explain what evidence has been provided about the development and use of the site.
The children began to appreciate just how much time and effort is involved in an archaeological dig. One girl, who was trying to categorise pottery finds said, "This is really hard, isn't it!" Another said "I didn't realise that there is evidence from 15,000 years ago at Bradgate Park."
Such experiences bring history to life for the children and raises awareness of the history on our doorstep.

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