The group of YACs were introduced to the archaeology of Castleford and its surroundings - an area incredibly rich in finds, before handling some Roman objects from our handling collection, and trying out one of our new Roman archaeology quiz sheets.
|The Young Archaeologists Club looked at some amazing objects|
Using iPods, the YACs then photographed their 3 favourite objects, noting the reasons for their choices.
A wide range of objects were chosen, and for a wide range of reason, including:
|Roman gaming counters - because 'I like board games', 'It looks like one of our games'|
|Roman chatelaine - because 'It's really unusual', 'It's amazing!'|
|Roman sandal - because 'It is in such good condition for how old it is', 'The pattern is really unusual'|
|Roman tile with paw print - because 'It reminds me of my dog', 'It shows that the Romans may have had pets, like us', 'Because it's amazing to see that a dog left its mark'|
|Iron Age Chariot Burial|
The group were then asked what they wanted to tell other YACs about the new museum, and they said:
- I would recommend this museum to all other YACs
- It has amazing finds and interesting artefacts
- You need to take your time and look carefully to take it all in
- It can teach you lots just by looking - but if you have questions, do ask the staff rather than go away wondering!
- The museum is very beautifully arranged
- The Iron Age Chariot burial is AMAZING!
We then had a go at building replica Iron Age Chariots. The scaled-down chariots were powered by balloons rather than miniature horses, but the principles remained the same - a fixed axle and spinning wheels...
|Building a model chariot!|
|Adding the fixed axle...|
|A huge thanks to the Pontefract Young Archaeologists for coming and trying out the new museum!|
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