Monday, 23 July 2018
Suffolk Archaeology Open Day
On Saturday there was an Archaeology Open Day at the company where our son works (as a Project Officer) so I went to have a look.(He wasn't able to be there - previous engagement at a friend's son's 2nd birthday party!)
Suffolk Archaeology was originally Suffolk County Council Archaeology Department but as with most parts of the County Council it was "divested" and became a Community Interest Company. Son M did his high school work experience with them when he was 14, worked for them again for a year after finishing uni and now has been back with the new version for the last few years.
The open day was mainly aimed at families with children and there were "have a go sessions" on whittling a butter knife from wood, making a Roman coin from clay and weaving on a Roman loom.
I thought their storage area looked fascinating, all those boxes full of finds, but it was fenced off
I was very interested in their display about The lost Elmswell aerodrome.
I hadn't realised that below the old WWII airfield where I learned to drive (and spent a lot of time with a boyfriend from Elmswell who, with friends, kept an old car there to roar around in!) there was a much earlier airfield. Suffolk Archaeology helped Elmswell history group research and catalogue their finds.
One of the WWI hangers was moved to Stowmarket to become a Cattle market and sale-yard from the 1920s' through to the 70's
More displays from excavations elsewhere in Suffolk
They had some trays of Roman pottery to handle. This is the poshest Roman Samian Ware pottery.
I'm so pleased that M has been able to work in his chosen profession ever since finishing university.
So I got through another weekend........................hope I get through today................. dentist appointment for the second part of the root canal stuff - Dreading it!