Young Archaeologists’ Club

We are very pleased to be running a Council for British Archaeology Young Archaeologists’ Club.

Fully staffed by BAG members who have a wealth of archaeological and teaching experience. We accept children aged 8-16 of all abilities and disabilities. All our leaders are CRB checked.

We meet at Bexley Archives and Heritage Centre during the winter months and we dig and carry out field activities all summer at our Autumn site. We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month. Booking is essential. Joining fee for the year £10 then each session is £3.

Each session is carefully planned and has a variety of activities to suit all ages. This year we are starting a recognised training programme for our older members to use when they go to college or work placements

For more details about Young Archaeologist Clubs see

For more details about Bexley Young Archaeologists’ Club contact Fran
Forthcoming Dates:

Please note all sessions must be booked in advance and are for YAC members only.

Programme for 2017

Sat 4th Feb, Bexley Archives Geology and its use in pottery identification
We will look at a map and discuss the clay beds and geology in the area. We will look at locally made pottery sherds and discuss their inclusions, we will also discuss tempering.
Rachael will show slides of the local pottery she used for her masters and show the different geological and inclusions.
We will look at different geological samples and pottery sherds under the microscope and draw what we can see.

Sat 4th March, Bexley Archives The Greeks
We will look at Greek Pottery and discuss the stories told on pots and plates.
We will make flick book silhouette stories and stop frame silhouette animations

Sat 25th March Surrey Docks Farm (details TBC)

Sat 6th May on site Dendrochronology and Arborglyphs
Come and learn about dendrochronology and the research work being done on arborglyphs.
Dig on site.
Skills Passport Group session 1:
Outcomes: to be able to choose the correct tool for the task, us it appropriately and safely while ensuring each item is properly maintained.
To be able to choose the correct heavy tool for the task and use it appropriately and safely ensuring each tool is properly maintained.

Sat 10th June on site Decorative Bricks.
How were decorative bricks made and used?
We will look at a variety of carved patterns and decorative brick work.
We will make bricks for using our own pattern/design. These will be fired and made into a display for site.
Dig on site.
Skills Passport Group session 2:
To be able to explain the process by which a specific context was derived.
To be able to show this as a sketch, Harris Matrix or in written form.

Sat 1st July Trip to Babylon Tile works to make a Kent Peg tile (details to follow)

Sat 29th July Older YAC members dig at Faversham with Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Skills Passport Group: to take training passports for double signing

Sat 9th September Shorne Country Park with Andy Mayfield, County Archaeologist.
Andy will talk about his role as County Archaeologist, show us the LIDAR and we will go out and investigate what we can see on the ground.

Sunday 10th September Skills Passport Group session 3 :
To be able to complete each section of a context record and understand how to check and cross reference each entry.
To be able to understand the correct use of scales, north arrow and photo boards and how to set up and take an image.

Sat 7th October, On site All Hallows and All Souls
Dig if weather permits.
Skills Passport Group session 4 :
To be able to set out pegs as a fixed grid and lay out a trench within this coordinate system.

Sat 4th November, Bexley Archives WW1 Women and Medicine
Celebrating Elsie Inglis and the role of women in WW1

Sat 2nd Dec Bexley Archives Pagan winter festivals

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