Archaeological Dig Trip
On the 6th June, 14 budding Historians visited the site of Waterloo Kiln at Pottery Ponds in Swinton to team up with ArcHeritage Archaeologists to investigate the Scheduled Monument. This follows on from our trip with the Archaeologists in November to Mexborough Castle Gardens.
Our students spent the day excavating two trenches- one that covered a cottage that would have housed pottery workers for Rockingham Pottery in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, the other that uncovered a previously unchartered Kiln.
We also met with a local Historian from Clifton Park Museum who gave us a guided tour of the remaining Kiln, one of only 3 surviving Bottle Kilns in Europe. Students also got the chance to wash the pottery that was found on the site to get a better idea of other duties carried out by Archaeologists. The students interacted with interested members of the public and shared their new knowledge of the site.
Four of the students on the trip, Zak, Natasha, Holly and Isabelle in Y9 are also doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, took on the task of map reading to lead the group to Pottery Ponds, cross country- they did this maturely and sensibly and showed impressive initiative- great role models to the Y8 students on the visit.
The pottery and artifacts that the students found on the site will be displayed at Clifton Park Museum in the near future and there are already exhibitions about Rockingham Pottery and the Waterloo Kiln at the museum. ArcHeritage can also be found on Twitter for more photos of the day and the Dig.
We hope to work with ArcHeritage in the future to allow more students the opportunity to have first-hand experience of a day in the life of an Archaeologist- an amazing way to bring History to life.