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National Archaeology Week 2007

Archaeological Antics at Erddig

On the weekend of the 14th and 15th July, hundreds of people stormed the gates at Erddig Park, the National Trust property just outside Wrexham, for a day of 'Archaeological Antics'. CPAT were there on the Saturday with lots of crafty activities for children to take part in, including colouring and making Saxon and Roman brooches, making Iron Age roundhouses and, the big winner, making Norman helmets. Other activities over the weekend included a guided walk and demonstrations of early-medieval life, including cookery, weaving and fighting, by a re-enactment group. More details and photos on our National Archaeology Week pages.

Right: Three children wearing their helmets in front of Erddig Hall

Surveying in Guilsfield

Left: The students surveying

On Monday, continuing National Archaeology Week, three lucky students from local high schools came to CPAT for their work experience week, and we decided to offer them more interesting work than the usual photocopying! The students assisted members of CPAT staff in surveying an Iron Age enclosure outside the village of Guilsfield near Welshpool. Not only was this invaluable experience for the students, but the results of the work carried out will be useful to archaeologists in the future. All those involed helped to produce a detailed report on the their week's work, and this can seen on our National Archaeology Week pages.

Kids, 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. Follow this ink for a full list of Young Archaeologists' Club branches in the UK.

Abi McCullough, July 2007

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