Getting your hands dirty at Mowbray School

rip  Pictured from left taking part in the Mowbray School and Bedale Archaeology Week are Stephen Wakefield, Phoebe Greensit and Agatha Greensit.    (110728M2a)
rip Pictured from left taking part in the Mowbray School and Bedale Archaeology Week are Stephen Wakefield, Phoebe Greensit and Agatha Greensit. (110728M2a)

Pupils dug into the past at Mowbray school during its first archaeology week.

Visitors were also invited to join in and to try their hand at an archaeological dig behind the school.

The project’s director Jennifer Kinsman said:

“We had over 20 people a day, and everyone took part in the activities from the youngest child, aged only four, to grandparents. We had something for everyone.

“Most of what we found was only about 100 years old, but they were so enthused by what was found and kept coming back day after day.

“I think the best object, to one family, was a 1975 two pence coin, so something that is not that old, can still excite people to keep on digging to find something else.

“This kind of activity enables people to investigate their own heritage by getting personally involved with their past with all its mud and glory.”

The project was made possible by an £8000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.