Students dig up Seevic past

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

IMG_3821v2Archaeology students at Seevic College have spent the last week preparing for their second years studies taking part in the college’s second annual excavation.

Following the success of last year’s dig where students discovered evidence of prehistoric habitation dating back to 5,000 years, the class of five were keen to see what else was concealed in the college’s grounds.

Excavating 10cm layers at a time, students conducted a ‘test pit’ excavation covering a 1m square area within their chosen area - a wooded area at the back of the campus, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.

As part of their Skills and Methods Unit, the activity allowed students to practice skills learnt in the classroom this year.

Student Georga-Marie Hooton, 18 from Basildon, said: “It has been a really good way of bringing what we have learnt in class to practice. I’ve never done anything like this before so it’ been an interesting week.”

Fellow student Chloe Holbrough-Beckwith, 17 from Rochford, added: “The excavation has helped me to learn how to work with a trowel, and what angles work best.”

IMG_3807v2Switching between the excavating, recording and cleaning the mix of manmade finds, other students taking part in the activity included Ewan Cotter, 16 from Stanford-le-Hope, Jamie Corless, 16 from Hullbridge, and Alex Riley, 17 from Basildon.

Jamie Spracklen, tutor of Archaeology at the college, said: “This land had never been uncovered before, so it was exciting to see what we were going to expose in a location that may have been an ancient field boundary.

“So far, we have found evidence of occupation dating back at least 50 years, and what may be a pebbled pathway.”

To find out more about the courses that Seevic offers, visit seevic-college.ac.uk.

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