Children from Carnarvon Primary School and St Peter’s C of E Academy have both been given a glimpse into the rich history of Bingham after archaeologists visited the schools with some recent finds from a new Barratt Homes development.
Clemency Cooper from Oxford Archaeology South, who were commissioned to do an archaeological dig as part of the new Chapel Lane development, took some of the finds from the excavation to show to the pupils and teach them about the history discovered.
The fascinating finds show that there had been people living and working on the site about 2,000 years ago.
The pupils were able to literally take history into their own hands, as they were given the chance to hold many of the artefacts, including Samian ware sherds, glass beads, a coin and some other pottery.
They took part in several activities and learnt about what materials survive in the ground for archaeologists to find; what they can learn from analysing the bones of skeletons; and got the chance to dig for their own artefacts in some mini dig boxes.
Clemency said: “I was delighted to meet about 150 children at the two schools on my visit to Bingham, all of whom were studying the Romans this term.
“They were very excited to have the chance to see real archaeological artefacts and learn about what was happening during the Roman period so close to where they live.”
The children engaged with the archaeologist and many of them asked questions about pursuing archaeology as a career and the work that they do.
Chris Southgate, managing director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “As part of any new homes development it is important for us to build strong relationships with the local community and we are thrilled to have been able to offer this exciting archaeology session to both schools.”
Barratt Homes and Oxford Archaeology also arranged a visit to Robert Miles Junior School earlier in the year to show them the finds.