Schools celebrate archaeology centenary

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YOUNGSTERS are being given the chance to become Indiana Jones for a day as part of centenary celebrations for a Sheffield archaeological society.

Pupils from schools across the region have been setting up digs in their own grounds and playing fields, hunting for artefacts from the past.

The Hunter Archaeological Society is hoping the hands-on experience will inspire a new generation to take an interest in the subject.

Schools involved include Dobcroft Juniors at Millhouses, Dronfield Juniors, Sacred Heart Primary at Hillsborough, Athersley South Primary in Barnsley, St Andrew’s Primary at Dronfield Woodhouse, The Hill Primary at Thurnscoe and Dalton Listerdale Primary at Rotherham.

Children have been told how to dig ten test pits in their grounds, looking for items linked with their school’s past or revealing more about what was on the site before the school was built.

Pupils at Dobcroft were the first to stick their trowels in the ground, finding pottery dating from the Roman, Stuart and Victorian era and lots of metalworking slag.

One pupil even found a clay marble, lost during a game by another child long before the school was built in 1972.

The day ended with an ‘archaeology is cool’ dance.

Children at the other schools in the project are also very excited about what they might find.

They will get the chance to see the finds again once they have been washed.