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Chris takes a couple of budding archaeologists from the centre through the excavation of small finds   Look what we found - Excavation session at the 5 senses centre in Hull  
Discussing pottery revealed during the excavation session   Finds handling session at the centre  
Getting their hands dirty - participants in the Meet the Archaeologist Day   5 Senses Centre  


Meet the Archaeologist Day at the 5 Senses Centre, Hull

Chris Pole recently ran a 'Meet the Archaeologist' session at the 5 Senses Expressive Arts and Education Centre in Hull, a centre for people with learning difficulties.

The 5 Senses centre promotes and develops the self esteem, confidence and independence of vulnerable adults. This is provided through educational sessions, which use the expressive arts as a tool to aid developmental learning. The expressive arts approach helps to break down personal and social barriers in a safe and welcoming environment.

The day kicked off with a relay race for two teams, the object of which was to grab skeleton parts and then reassemble them at the other end in the correct order.

Chris then took over the session, telling clients about what life is like as an archaeologist - how new sites are discovered, including geophysical survey and aerial photography, and how we go about the process of excavation. Participants then got the opportunity to see and handle a variety of artefacts, including pottery of different periods, large animal bones, clay pipe and metal objects such as Roman broaches.

The highlight of the day for many was 'becoming' an archaeologist for an hour; excavating tubs of soil containing various finds which had to be properly recorded and placed in chronological order.

The afternoon session was much quieter, with the opportunity to spend time one-on-one with clients. Overall the day was incredibly rewarding for all involved, and later feedback indicated that all the clients had had a fantastic time and staff noted that they had never seen the group so motivated and attentive!

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