9th March 2017:
During February OA hosted, on behalf of Urban and Civic Plc, consecutive weekend visits by both the Newark and Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Clubs (YAC) at OA's excavation in Newark-on-Trent
Despite freezing February temperatures, both days were well attended by inquisitive budding archaeologists and their hardy, intrepid parents. The days started with an introductory talk in the site's cabin about the project and the discoveries so far, followed by a look at some of the finds recovered from the site.
Then it was out into the cold for a site tour. The groups were shown various features that had been excavated, but the best was saved for last: the exceptionally well-preserved remains of up to six Roman pottery kilns.
It is hoped that these visits will represent the first of many by YAC groups. A range of other community-based activities are planned for the future, including a series of talks, as work at the extensive site continues.
Many thanks to project manager, Dr Adam Tinsley, for organising the visits, and to site supervisory staff Paul Dunn and Jon Onraet, supported by various other site and office staff, who kindly gave up their Saturdays to help.