Children from Robert Miles Junior School have been given a glimpse into the rich history of Bingham after archaeologists visited the school with some recent finds from an upcoming 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 people have been living and working on the site for at least the last 2,000 years.
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: “We had a fantastic day learning about what recent archaeological discoveries have revealed about life along the Fosse Way 2,000 years ago.
“The children were really impressed to see real archaeological artefacts rather than replicas, especially because they were discovered by archaeologists on their doorstep in Bingham.”
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 Robert Miles Junior School.”