Abbey finds for pupil his­to­ri­ans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

(METP- YOUNG­STERS helped un­cover hid­den trea­sures at a school near Peter­bor­ough.

A Lot­tery funded ar­chae­ol­ogy project took place over the week­end at Abbey Col­lege in Ram­sey, with pupils help­ing ex­perts with an ex­ca­va­tion of pre­vi­ously un­ex­plored re­mains of the old Bene­dic­tine Abbey on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The abbey was built in 690 AD and the project was try­ing to un­cover more about the his­tory of the build­ing.

Pupils were able to dig in sec­tions of the grounds and un­cov­ered bits of pot­tery.

Rachel Green, com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor at the col­lege, said all of the pupils had en­joyed the chance to get their hands dirty.

She said: “This is a cul­mi­na­tion of six months’ work with the stu­dents.

“They have been learn­ing about the abbey his­tory and we have had vis­it­ing lec­tur­ers, so this was a great chance to bring it all to­gether in such a prac­ti­cal way.

“The stu­dents have all been im­pec­ca­bly be­haved and re­ally got into it. They were all very en­thu­si­as­tic through­out.

“We have found a lot of pot­tery, with some glazed pieces that have been ex­cit­ing. We won’t know ex­actly what we have found un­til we get them cleaned up and aged.

“We have also found a cou­ple of trenches, one of which we be­lieve was a rub­bish pit.”

Dig­ging: Alec Payn­ter (13) dig­ging in a test pit dur­ing an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig at Abbey Col­lege in Ram­sey. 18-05-12BD400) Picture: BEN DAVIS.

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