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Ben digs in to the past in Stratford

BUDDING archaeologist Ben Creaton from Solihull was given the opportunity to really step in to the past at the ‘Dig for Shakespeare’ site in Stratford.

BUDDING archaeologist Ben Creaton from Solihull was given the opportunity to really step in to the past at the ‘Dig for Shakespeare’ site in Stratford.

Ben, aged nine, spent the day at the site after winning a competition in the Young Archaeologists’ Club magazine.

He also won his own trowel, which he was able to use at the dig. where he discovered pieces of pottery, brick and animal bones that potentially could date back to Shakespeare’s era.

As well as the dig, Ben was also able to experience what the real job of an archaeologist is like. He had to sift through soil,wash objects and catalogue his own finds.

“I really enjoyed the day and would love to do it again - it makes me want to be an archaeologist when I grow up.” said Ben, who attends Shirley Heath Junior School.

The day was organised by the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC), part of the Council for British Archaeologists (CBA).

For more information on the YAC visit www.yac-uk.org or call 01904 671417.

 

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