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Working with local schools
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.
Arkengarthdale children arrive on-site Philip describes the Romano-British settlement
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A fascinating site: the children are enthralled
News Record: 22     Updated: 22-07-2017 11:33:20

There is still lots to do...
Now the excavation is complete we move on to processing and recording finds, deciding what might benefit from more expert attention and reflecting upon what was learned over those two hectic weeks.
Rob's had a busy day today among the finds and made a great start!
It seems a long time since the site looked like this! Finds washed, sorted and bagged
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Quern fragments and environmental samples
News Record: 21     Updated: 21-07-2017 16:20:00

Day Fifteen: SWAAG One, Tree Nil
So just one more day returfing and then it is all over... or so everyone thought last night. Sadly, a tree on Hard Stiles had other ideas and decided to topple over in the night, blocking access to the site from the Reeth side. Some people managed to get round via Richmond (Downholme Bridge also being closed) and some walked all the way. With reduced numbers today and after a rainy night, it was a tiring and muddy finish to the dig.
Big Willy and his JCB helped things along considerably: he has been an absolute star. Big thanks also to the slightly smaller but nevertheless heroic Tommy for getting all the equipment and tools down off the site in his glorious red landy.
Although the dig is now over, this blog is set to continue for a while longer, also our Twitter account @archaeology_s has fresh tweets daily; stay tuned!
Hard Stiles this morning Returfing completed in spite of the mud and the long commute this morning; heroes, every one!
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The tree later this afternoon Team photo taken yesterday, 19th July
News Record: 20     Updated: 20-07-2017 19:40:08

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