Children unearth secrets to becoming an archaeologist

Primary school children have visited Pool Academy to unearth the secrets of being an archaeologist.

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Pupils from schools in the surrounding area were invited to take part in the academy’s Big Dig event which took place over the week.

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More than 150 children were asked to search through a cordoned off area with spades, forks, sieves and brushes to find hidden treasures. Once they had found an artefact they had to plot on a grid where they had found it. The next task was to clean it and then record the information before photographing it and placing it in a bag to keep it safe.

Over the week children taking part came from Portreath Primary School, Pencoys Primary School, Rosemellin School and St John’s the Baptist Catholic School.

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Mark Turner, leading the event, said: “We have had a lot of really enthusiastic groups.

“They have all enjoyed taking part. They have been coming for two hour sessions and most classes have had about 30 children in them.

“Over the week we had about 150 children taking part.

“The idea was that they went through the steps to be an archaeologist. They had to find something, record it, wash it and bag it. By the end they should know what an archaeologist does out on the field.

“It has been really good fun.”

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