Seevic students go back in time at Coalhouse Fort

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Archaeology students at Seevic College received a master class at Coalhouse Fort last Wednesday 23 March.  The group of 11 students got to grips with a variety of archaeological tools, examined the building from the early 1800s and enjoyed a lesson with Hazel Sacco, Coalhouse Fort Education Officer.

160331-archaeologyBefore the trip, Hazel and Oliver Hutchinson, CiTIZAN Archaeologist, came into the College to present to the students and guide them through the elements of archaeological recording.  Once at Coalhouse Fort Hazel led the students through the elements of stratigraphy and how natural features change.

Megan Wilgress, 16, who studies A-Level Archaeology alongside Biology, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation, said: “By coming to Coalhouse Fort we are able to practise the methods we have learnt about in class.  It will help in the exam because I will be able to remember doing the method which will make it easier to write about.”

All of the information and activities which students took part in throughout the day were related to their recent unit skills and methods. Megan added: “It was a great experience to widen my knowledge and to say I have actually completed some of the methods we have learnt about is incredible.”

One key factor in Archaeology is map reading, which relates to how you can analyse how something has changed over time. After students identified the changes to Coalhouse Fort on the map they were able to visit the building to see it first-hand. This opportunity will no doubt help the students throughout their studies at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.

Jamie Spracklen, Tutor of Archaeology at Seevic, said: “The students had a very productive day at Coalhouse Fort, and had the opportunity to explore archaeological skills with an expert.

“The students have had a crucial experience to consolidate their classroom learning with professional practical experience. The whole day was fascinating for the students!”

A-Level Archaeology is not currently offered at any other college or sixth-form in South Essex.  To find out more about this exciting course at Seevic visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk.

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