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National Archaeology Week Event: 15th July, 2006

A Day With The Romans

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Great fun was had by all on Saturday 15th July at the Powysland Museum in Welshpool. Children of all ages enjoyed the various activities, which included dressing up in Roman outfits, exavating and identifying finds from sand boxes, reconstructing Roman pots and tiles, writing on Roman wax tablets and creating their own cropmark using seed trays, gravel and cress!

Left: YAC member Christopher Cole, age 10

As well as the Powysland Museum’s permanent displays and temporary exhibition, a range of Roman artefacts were out from behind glass for handling by anyone who wanted a closer look. These included pottery, animal bone, glass objects, brooches and coins.

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Right: Brothers Andre (5, left) and Louis (4) Peate dressed as Roman soldiers.

On Monday, continuing National Archaeology Week, members of CPAT and Powysland Museum staff visited Llanidloes Primary School. In a combination of assemblies and group activities we worked with all children from years 3 to 6. Visiting schools is not something we have previously done for National Archaeology Week, but we were mindful that for the last three years we have stationed ourselves in Welshpool, and children from further afield might not be able to come along. The day was a great success and something which we would hope to do in years to come, hopefully moving around different schools.

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Left: Andre Peate, an avid Time Team fan

Kids, also remember that if you are aged between 8 and 16, you can join the Young Archaeologists’ Club. There are several branches in Wales, but if there are none near you, you can still join the club and receive the magazine four times a year and enter competitions (including the annual Young Archaeologist of the Year award). To join the Young Archaeologists’ Club, contact YAC, St Mary’s House, 66 Bootham, York, YO3 7BZ, tel. 01904 671417. Click here for a full list of YAC branches in the UK.

Abi McCullough, July 2006

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