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Chris Elmer, previously Head of Museum Learning and Community Engagement at Hampshire County Council and now researching a PhD at Southampton University, adapted his teaching beautifully to a much younger audience than usual for one of our Summer Discovery Days recently. Rapt seven, eight, nine and ten-year olds (and one or two babes in arms!) were thrilled to be handling real bones and flints and Roman artefacts as Chris ‘unearthed’ them while “digging with no mud”.

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The archaeologist’s ‘trench’ can be seen in the background here – green and brown and cream coloured blankets cleverly representing grass, topsoil and the lower levels of the trench itself.

Volunteers were on hand, as always, to assist: Rodney Targett, Amy Middleton and student Megan Corbett. Many thanks, as always.

The next generation of archaeologists is already on its way….