Students dig deep to find history of Seevic College

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Archaeology students at Seevic College, Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, have enjoyed their last week by completing an excavation at the college.

ArchaeologyThe students have been trying to find out about the history of the college and have found some interesting discoveries along the way. Findings so far include pottery from the Victorian period, evidence of burning and building remains.

The test pit was chosen and started by our first year A-Level Archaeologists, including student Megan Wilgress, 17, who said “I have learnt how to dig a trench and spot man made items; this is something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do.

“We also learnt how to set out the test pit and how you dig each layer differently, which is something I did not know before being involved in this project.”

Alongside Archaeology Megan also studies; Biology, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation.

Classmate Blue Rashbrook, 17, who also studies Classical Civilisation and Film Studies, added “We have all learnt how to use a trial which is the most valuable piece of equipment to an archaeologist. We are using all the theory we have learnt throughout the year and putting it into practice.

“It is very exciting when you find something from over 100 years ago, even if it is something small.”

Jamie Spracklen, Tutor of Archaeology, said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to consolidate their academic knowledge of archaeological excavation by developing their practical skills.

“It is also very exciting to discover more about the early history of the college.”

The excavation will continue throughout July with our adult Archaeology classes, also run by Jamie. It is hoped that the diggers will reach even earlier layers of archaeology. 

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