Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Report: Romans in Ravenglass Outreach Programme - Update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Romans in Ravenglass outreach team!

What have we been up to?


We have welcomed over 100 school children from four local schools – Haverigg Primary, Ennerdale and Kinniside, Black Combe and Seascale primaries - to the site. Not only did the schools get to see and handle Roman artefacts but they also got to do a bit of digging!

Jon Kenny, Community Archaeologist from the York Archaeological Trust supervises the budding archaeologists in Trench 4.

Project volunteer Finds Assistant Rosalie McAndrew watches over the finds washing!

We’ve already had some feedback from one of the teachers: ‘Thank you to you and your enthusiastic team for the excellent day…. The children learned a lot, were inspired, and it was a great start to our Roman topic - hands on history’.

We’ve run two special open days for young people this year. The first was with the Lake District National Park’s Young Rangers and Young Champions from the MOSAIC project.

MOSAIC Young Champions learning the art of ‘levelling’.
And last weekend we ran a session with Young Archaeologists’ Club, Kendal Branch. A huge amount of fun (and a lot of learning!) was had by all.

Young Archaeologists getting their hands-on.

We hosted our first Saturday open day to coincide with the national Heritage Open Days festival. We had nearly 200 visitors to the site who either took part in a site tour, handled Roman finds, searched for buried treasure or got down on their knees to do a bit of digging. Some did all four!

Searching for ‘buried treasure’ in the sands of time!

I know I left a field drain down here somewhere!

Don’t forget to come and visit us this Saturday 27 September for our final project open day... Find out what else we have found and meet a real-life Roman ;)

Lisa Keys, Minerva Heritage Ltd
Romans in Ravenglass Outreach Coordinator

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