|Dan engages the public during today's Open Day|
|Some of the decorated medieval tile on show today|
The open day finally arrived.....and I am happy to say that it was a great success! There was such a large turn out with all manner of people showing up to sate their interest in archaeology. All the diggers got stuck in to our work stations from the mini dig, where kids could hunt for finds, to our finds tables where we displayed the more interesting artefacts from the site; these ran alongside the site tours where we shared our knowledge of the site with the public.
What I took away from today is that archaeology is not a dead subject and that there still is a lot of love for it out there.
|Adam takes our intrepid visitors on a Mini-Dig|
|Laura and Beth show off our Roman finds from previous years|
Well, today was pretty successful by all accounts! At the start of the day we actually had a pump that worked and so we didn't need to bail out the water. Today's troweling in our possible medieval ditch gave up a plethora of animal bone including jaw bones complete with teeth, and some proper treasures in the form of medieval pottery such as Cistercian type ware and a large section of a medieval cistern. There were so many finds that within two hours me (Archaeology Man) and Tom (Mattock Boy) had almost filled 2 finds trays!
In the afternoon we had the open day. This was extremely successful with a large number of the public coming to visit us on site. Though whether it is for the archaeology or for the chance to meet Archaeology Man in person is yet to be established!
Taking the public on site tours and explaining some of the finds to them really showed me how much people are interested in their own heritage and archaeology, and how much they appreciated us giving them the information and letting them handle some finds! Plus I do believe that we may have inspired some future archaeologists. It reminded me of how I was inspired by Howard Carter when I was in Primary School.
It is a shame that the dig has to end on Friday as we are all loving it so much. You really don't have to dig far down in Chester to find evidence of the past. I love archaeology so much and I really believe nothing helps you relate with the past as much as this. The amazing thing about Chester is you never know what you're standing on! I'm envious of next years' 2nd year archaeology students already!
So in my final farewell, as promised, here is YOUR new Superhero Chester! BEHOLD... the very first image of Archaeology Man! Stay classy Chester!
|You're welcome, Chester|