BU’s Archaeology Department invited members of the public to experience close-up the work their researchers and students are doing in uncovering our hidden past at the Durotriges Big Dig Site in Dorset. BU Head of Archaeology Dr Kate Welham tells us more about the day:
This was an enthralling event which treated attendees to a hands-on session exploring the artefacts being found at Bournemouth University’s Big Dig Project site.
Participants got to explore the range of items which have been found: including jewellery, decorated bone handles (one thought to be made of camel bone), other decorative bone items, pots and glass beads. I have no idea how the students spot them!
This was followed by a detailed insight into ancient pottery and glass, including how different types may be identified and when they may have been produced.
We then went out to the Big Dig site, where we were able to enter the remains of a Roman villa and see the floor of their bath-tub.
An exciting day, greatly enjoyed by all who attended.