Children are doing archaeology – and becoming experts who enrich whole communities

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Keig, Aberdeenshire. A gaggle of excited children are instructing community archaeologist Colin Shepherd when to drop a china mug on the floor so that they can see how it breaks on impact.

They will use the results of this experiment to better understand an archaeological find: the broken pieces of an old marmalade jar, last used for breakfast around 100 years ago. The children had recently excavated the jar from woodland in which they usually build dens and play hide and seek as part of an archaeological investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

The Bennachie Landscapes Project was funded through the AHRC Research 4 Community Heritage fund.


  • Children
  • Archaeology
  • Scotland
  • Young people
  • Community
  • Active learning
  • Museum


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