On Saturday 5th October we held the first ever meeting of the brand new Brecon Beacons Young Archaeologists’ Club. The Brecknock Museum in Brecon was kind enough to host our free taster session, and between 2pm and 5pm over 100 people dropped in to see us, to try their hands at some archaeological activities and to learn what the Brecon Beacons Young Archaeologists Club was all about.
Our local MP, Roger Williams was even kind enough to pop by, and spent 20 minutes joining a group of children and one of our branch assistants, Menna, learning all about how the Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead by having a go on our real life (replica) dummy mummy.
Elsewhere in the bustling room another eager group of children were helping Sue to peg out her historical ‘laundry’ on her washing line of time. I am afraid that all the historical dates, events and figures had become terribly jumbled up, but by the end of the session order was restored with everything pegged in the correct order. Some historical detective work was in order with our assistant leaders Paul, Dai and Gemma, with their fiendish feely boxes, trying to deduce which archaeological sets of artefacts were hidden inside by feel alone, I think we had it sorted by the end of the session though.
Meanwhile, Jan and Conner were helping a group to reveal and record the archaeology buried in our excavation box. With careful digging and a steady hand a skeleton was exposed, which was then carefully drawn and planned to scale to make a permanent record of the latest addition to the Brecon Beacons Young Archaeologists’ Club team – he wasn’t very talkative mind, but then most skeletons aren’t.
Holly and Mike were helping everyone to get to grips with ancient languages and the art of writing in the past. From Roman Wax tablets, medieval letters and deciphering Viking Runes and Egyptian Hieroglyphs our intrepid Young Archaeologists mastered it all, many of them leaving messages on our feedback ‘graffiti’ board on the way out in one of these ancient scripts. Whilst in the opposite corner a fierce battle was waging, as father took on son, and brother faced sister, eye balling each other over the strategic historic games of Nines Men Morris and Ludas Latrunculorum (TheGame of Soldiers).
Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun and fantastic afternoon. We hope to see lots of you at our forthcoming events and sessions. Do please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the Club or our forthcoming sessions.
You can find the 2 forms you need to complete to join the club here:
Simply fill them in and return them to me at:
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority,
Plas y Ffynnon,
See you next month,
Natalie (Branch Leader) and the Brecon Beacons YAC Team