Roman artefacts found under school field in Thorpe St Andrew

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School take p

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School take part in an archaeological dig in the school grounds.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

An archeological dig near a known Roman settlement has discovered more ancient relics.

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School, inclu

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School, including James Cargill showing a piece of Roman pottery, take part in an archaeological dig in the school grounds.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Langley Prep School's students have found artefacts buried under the field they usually use for athletics.

A previous archeological dig in a nearby Thorpe End home, revealed an abundance of artefacts heading in the direction of the school, in Yarmouth Road.

In an attempt to discover the school's history - an annual dig was launched on the sports field.

As the archeological endeavour celebrates its third year, pupils have discovered patterned glass, pottery, grey ware, tiles bricks and burnt flint - all from the Roman period.

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School take p

Under the guidance of Lilly Hodges from NPS Archaeology, pupils at Langley Preparatory School take part in an archaeological dig in the school grounds.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY


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The dig is being led by Lilly Hodges, an archeologist from NPS Archeology.

She said: 'It would be great if more schools could do this, it is fantastic for children to learn about their history and it incorporates maths, English and science too.

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'By the end of the week they are using the real archeological terms for what they're finding and children have the ability to spot the small details that we need to notice in this line of work.'

In previous years the budding archeologists have found a roman coin, pottery, shells, a pearl button and the top of a storage jar at the site.

Sue Cole, a history teacher at Langley Prep School, said: 'It is wonderful to see the childrens' faces when they realise they are the first people to touch something since a Roman did.

'It helps to get them interested in history and brings it all to life, some people don't learn well in classrooms but here they can learn hands on.'

Children in years three to six were making the discoveries.

James Cargill, 8, said: 'I wasn't expecting it and didn't think I would find anything - then I saw it and was like wow.'

- If you know a school wanting to host an archeological dig, call Lilly Hodges, on 01603 756850

- If you have a news story about a school holding an event, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

•The headline on this story originally stated the location as Thorpe End. It should've read Thorpe St Andrew.

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