Monthly Archives: November 2014


Although teaching has finished on the project we are now in the final stages of evaluating and reporting on what we have achieved.  This week a group of students, tutors, volunteers and partners got together to discuss what they personally had gained from the project and what had been the perceived benefits to the students. The students took part in making a short film about their experiences which will include some BSL interpretation and subtitles to reflect our Deaf students that took part. It was great to meet up with everyone again and to reflect on the longer term impact of the project.


The final report will be available shortly.


Heritage Days

On the 12th and 13th September to coincide with the national Heritage Days Digability held its own mini festival. We wanted to show students how archaeology can inspire other subjects as well as those relating to history. We had Giovanna Fregni come and build a furnace with three of our students the day before. They learnt how to prepare the clay lining with straw, clay and water and to dry out the clay we lit a small fire over which we cooked our lunch.


On Friday groups from Athersley, Catcliffe and Rotherham attended to take part in metal casting, plate making,  bones analysis and grave yard recording and painting. We also had a poet on hand to help the students write a poem.

The original  poem as constructed in under and hour on the day:

Graham made a dark white plate

when he rolled the clay his shoulders

felt like rowing a boat

Mandy’s favourite bone is white,

it’s a foot bone, and a coccyx is for sitting on.

Josie likes fingerbones, they are long

all the way to your wrist, then your elbow

Our bones go all the way from the skull

down to our skeletoes

David found David on a grave

Graham rubbed with a crayon where

people died

Tony rubbed in orange, his favourite colour

Paul rolled out a round plain plate,

and that made him feel nice.


This is the version tweaked by Fay, our poet.


Bone Ceramic Stone


Paul rolled out a round plain plate,

Graham’s is dark white.

His shoulders, when he rolled the clay,

felt like rowing a boat.


David found David on a grave.

Graham rubbed a crayon where people died

and Tony rubbed in orange, his favourite colour.


Josie likes fingerbones, they are long

all the way to your wrist, and on to your elbow.

Mandy’s favourite is a white foot bone,

a coccyx is for sitting on, and our bones go

from our skulls down to our skeletoes.


Let us know which you like best.


On the Saturday there was the opportunity to take part in analyzing Flints, to make a mosaic and take part in a High Street Walk in Attercliffe led by Sarah Holland.

The two days were a great way to celebrate the project. Students dropped in and took part and helped each other with the activities. Staff were able to meet each other and swap ideas, sharing each others expertise and looking at how skills could be shared across the curriculum areas.