We were fortunate to be able to work with two local schools on this year's dig: Arkengarthdale and Reeth/ Gunnerside. We provided workshops for both schools on "Finds, Flints and Fossils" and Arkengarthdale also visited the site. Both sets of children wrote lovely thank-you letters. Comments about the workshops included:
"We learned that millions of years ago our country was nearer the equator. Fossils that we find now were from the sea which have died and become squashed between rocks and sand."
"I loved looking at the pots and sea fossils."
"Flints made hunting easy because they could go into the animal's flesh and kill them quickly."
The walk up to the Hagg and the site visit also made an impression. It was particularly gratifying that so many of the children referred to being inspired to think about the history of their local area:
"Looking at the flint and pot really inspired me to get out there and look for signs of the past."
"Thank-you for taking us on the walk and pointing out interesting things that you have found."
"This has definitely inspired me to go outside and look for signs of Roman lives."
"When we looked at the pots you dug up I found it fascinating that you knew so much about such a little thing it was interesting to learn about."
It was a pleasure to work with such engaged and lively-minded children. Our thanks must also go to the hard-working and dedicated teachers and Classroom assistants who worked with us to plan and deliver these sessions.