Seven Classic students enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to experience archaeology directly when they were invited to take part in the excavation of the Roman Villa complex discovered in Bedford.

Sixth Formers Lewis Cramp, Jo Conlon, Angus Watson, Tedd Hicks, James Hirst, Matt Diemer and Charlie Gee all spent a day on the Manton Lane site working with the project’s archaeological team.  They experienced many of the elements of an archaeological dig first-hand including digging and trowelling, metal detecting, fine sieving, washing and recording. And, excitingly, the boys were on hand to help to unearth several finds: a number of roman coins, bronze furniture and a fragment from a ceramic colander. 

Head of Classics, Mr Alistair Melville, told us, “It was great for our sixth form boys to gain hands-on experience of a major archaeological dig in their local area. Handling artifacts in situ always brings the ancient world to life and the experience will only enhance boys' future study of the classical world."

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