Bradstow School held their third annual Dig for Two days event for local schools in their grounds at Broadstairs on the 21st and 22nd of June this year. This year the activities had a Roman theme and the Trust team ran a Dig and Discover zone based on the Roman archaeology of Thanet.
We setup two dig zones in our marquee and found ourselves a Roman to help organise the groups as they arrived.
Aspiring young archaeologists were introduced to the artefacts and objects that might be found at the excavation of a Roman site in Thanet before tackling their own excavation of a Roman pit to see what the could Dig and Discover about the Romans.
Among the finds were pottery, coins, animal bones and Oyster shells. Sea cobbles used in local buildings were also in the pit, along with Roman tiles, which we all learned the names for – Tegula and Imbrex. We also learned the word for Roman mosaic tiles – tessarae!
With a new group arriving every 25 minutes and sometimes two groups at once, it was a pretty intense couple of days. Each group already knew so much about archaeology and the Romans and asked excellent questions that it made the whole event very rewarding for all of us that took part.
The Roman theme will continue next year for Dig for Two Days 2013, more Roman soldiers, more shops, more Roman activities…hope we’ll see you there.
Our stock of the new publication Underground Thanet by Rod LeGear arrived today and they look great. The printers have done a wonderful job and the pictures and plans of all Thanet’s underground sites look really sharp.
All our pre-orders have been posted out and they should be with you very soon if you’ve ordered one.
Underground Thanet is available for £8.00 +£2.00 post and can be ordered now with secure online PayPal payment, no PayPal account needed.
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I recently opened a small box marked clay pipes expecting to find lots of broken pieces of stem and found a number of interesting decorated pipe bowls from the 18th to early 20th centuries that had been donated to the Trust many years ago. Among them are decorated bowls from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos (RAOB), The Royal Inniskillings and one with a football theme showing a foot kicking a ball.
My favourites show human heads and include General Custer and a Napoleonic soldier. One bag contains two bowls depicting Florence Nightingale and Emmeline Pankhurst. Unfortunately their labels have been mixed together and I’m unsure which is which or even if they have been correctly identified. As I’ve been recently reading about the Suffragete movement, I’m most interested in identifying Emmeline Pankhurst. I think she is the one on the left wearing the hat.