The groups running in Doncaster, Bradford, Rotherham and Wombwell are well underway and from their blogs you can see what an amazing time they are having with some really innovative teaching from our fantastic tutors. Soon these groups will beginning their fieldwork sessions and hopefully the weather will improve. The Doncaster group will be travelling to Leeds to take part in the Yorkshire Archaeology Society 150th anniversary excavations on the 15th April, The Bradford Students will be leading their own excavations in their grounds situated on the site of an old coal mine whilst the Rotherham and Wombwell groups will be visiting lots of local sites and having a go at some experimental archaeology. Keep visiting their blog pages to find out more.
The new Sheffield group will be starting after Easter and will be working towards a project on Wadsley Common.
Victoria had an interesting day at the Celebrating Community Archaeology Conference in Bradford on the 16th March. The papers presented demonstrated the real value of engaging the community in archaeology projects especially in terms of the area that could be covered. Paul Frodsham spoke of his All Together Archaeology project in the North Pennines while Carenza Lewis, the key note speaker, spoke of the value of trial trenching across lots of rural communities as part of the University of Cambridge’s Access Archaeology programme.
Interestingly she highlighted that the feedback on the project was as much about the chance to meet new people as it was about the archaeology, a feature we have seen in the feedback to this project.
Nicola will be speaking at the IFA Big Society Conference on the 19th April.