Close to 350 children from Yatton Church of England Junior School in North Somerset were able to delve back in time and find out more about their ancestors, thanks to a series of interactive workshops organised by Wessex Archaeology.
The school sessions, which were funded by Cadbury House, enabled Wessex Archaeology’s education team and County Archaeologist, Cat Lodge, to illustrate the local history and national significance of archaeological investigations taking place in Yatton.
The excavations across two sites have revealed a historic ridgeway and contiguous settlement from the Bronze Age through to the early Medieval period. Artefacts from the sites included Bronze Age sword moulds, never seen in this part of the country before.
Sam Fieldhouse, Education and Community Manager at Wessex Archaeology said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to visit schools and show the children some of the artefacts from their town. It’s important that young people build empathy with those who have lived here before them and understand that people in the past were not so very different to us.”
“The archaeology that takes place before any development enables communities to discover more about their past. In partnership with Cadbury House, we’ve been able to visit Yatton School and build tangible links between the community of today, and the community of yesterday.”
Jon Heywood, deputy headteacher added: “These workshops are a great way to sustain the historical knowledge of the village and the children love the hands-on nature of this type of learning.”
For further information on Wessex Archaeology please visit wessexarch.co.uk