This pilot study was funded by Durham University and included short
talks on archaeology, including how archaeological sites are discovered
and excavated, and the different specialisms, including pottery, animal
and plant remains, and human skeletons. Local sites of interest were
included in discussions, and especially references to the many
archaeological sites that have been found during the A1 road works,
geographically very close to The Millings.
The project explored
with residents and carers what questions archaeologists try to answer
and included “hands on” sessions with objects (pottery and artefacts of
other materials such as wood and metal), bones from a range of different
species of animals, and replica casts of human remains that are all
from original human bones from archaeological sites. Durham University’s
Archaeological Services unit further provided pottery and animal bones
from Binchester Roman Fort for residents to wash. The project visited
Bedale Museum and Swaledale Museum in Reeth, North Yorkshire with some residents and carers for object handling sessions, and went to see the Durham University excavations at Binchester Roman Fort in County Durham.
*Please note, the Archaeology for the Older Generation file is a large file, please be patient while downloading here.