Youngsters from the local area enjoyed a day full of learning and fun at the first meeting of the Loch Tay Young Archaeologists' Club.
The first meeting of the Loch Tay Young Archaeologists' Club got off to a flying start on Saturday 17th February when 13 youngsters from the local area came long for the taster session and sign-up. The session was run by local archaeologists and Crannog Iron Age Interpreters, Rich Hiden and Rachel Backshall.
The fun-packed morning began with the excavation of a strawberry trifle. This tasty treat was designed to help the children understand how removing layers can reveal what is below the surface - in this case, strawberries!
Following the theory behind archaeological excavation, the children had the opportunity to handle and discuss Iron Age objects from Archaeology Scotland's Handling Collection.
3 Dig-Boxes, full of sand and soil to replicate a real dig, were excavated using trowels, buckets and brushes. Careful excavation revealed ancient coins, grains, fragments of fabric and metal objects among other things.
Archaeology Scotland were also kind enough to loan the Club a Post-Excavation kit so following the 'dig' the children identified, drew, measured and dated the items they had found.
Following the very successful day, Rich said 'It's all about learning by being actively involved and discovering our own history'.
The Club which was set up by the Centre aims to inspire young people to engage with their heritage and culture. Future plans include possible drone aerial photography, museum visits and the potential to be involved in a real archaeological dig.