On Wednesday 27th November, a group of A-level Ancient History students from New College Swindon visited our Cirencester office to get a taster of what a career in archaeology is like.
Hazel and Andy from our publications team provided the students with insights into the different work undertaken by the various departments at Cotswold Archaeology; they even managed to demonstrate a typical day in the life of a field archaeologist from the comforts of our office, with some lovely photos of our archaeologists hard at work excavating and recording, as well as drinking tea (a very important part of the day as we’re sure you’ll agree!!).
The students also learnt about how we process finds once they are returned from site, and were shown how to analyse a skeleton in order to determine its age, gender and signs of disease. As well as observing our post-excavation archaeologists washing finds from our current excavations, the students were treated to a showcase of some of the most interesting and exciting finds from recent years.
The items on display included coins and jewellery from the Dings Crusaders Roman Villa, quirky ‘face pots’ from medieval tenements at Redcliffe Quarter, Bristol, some beautifully reconstructed 3rd century Severn Valley ware jars from Bredon, Worcestershire and a First World War medal found during work at Zouch Manor in Wiltshire.
The students were also lucky enough to get a first glimpse of some amazing finds from ongoing excavations that we’ve not shown to anyone else yet …but don’t worry, we’ll be sharing them with you as soon as we can!
Frank, the course leader, said:
“Thank you to Cotswold Archaeology for generously giving up their time to talk to New College students. The students were inspired by the practical elements of the session and really enjoyed being able to handle such rare and important artefacts. The session was invaluable in helping the students broaden their understanding of the variety of careers available, and they left the session well-informed about possible career paths. Cotswold Archaeology did a fantastic job of inspiring the potential of our students and many will now be hoping to progress into Archaeological degrees and careers!”