Days 8 & 9: Community Groups visits
Now that the bulk of the excavation work is complete, we opened up the site to visitors: either volunteers who had participated earlier, or organised groups linked to PHLP.
On Wednesday the 72 Seasons project arranged a visit. This is a group of 15 women and children from the DEEN centre in Brierfield who have been participating in a 12 week 'connecting to nature for wellbeing' activity. A number of the women had expressed an interest in the excavation so we organised a trip over the hill to see it. Everyone was very excited to arrive and see a real life 'dig' like on TV. Both women and children had a go at trowelling and hoped to uncover buried treasure! The finds were discussed and we talked about how pottery and earthenware was so important before we used plastics for everything. Many of the women had seen earthenware pots used for water and cooking in Pakistan and were excited to see how they could also be found as archaeological finds.