Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club: October meeting

On Saturday (11th October), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) and their helpers held their October meeting here at Roman Circus House.

Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… The Colchester YAC met at Roman Circus House on Saturday morning and, since they are still exploring the medieval world, started with a warm-up game of miming various skills needed to make swords, clothes, homes and pots, etc. Archaeologist Kate Clover then supervised club members Chloe and Thomas to clear leaves and tidy part of the exposed remains of the Roman circus outside Roman Circus House. Meanwhile, indoors, the young people made a medieval time-line of 10 centimetres to 100 years. At the same time, in teams of six, they washed finds under the supervision of Trust volunteer Gillian Brown in the processing room. We were all impressed with the amount of finds that they cleaned. Having discovered that people living in the Middle Ages had to craft and make everything they used, the young people then tried their hands at spinning, weaving, pot-making and printing. We all agreed that it would take a considerable amount of time and a lot of patience to spin enough yarn to weave a whole garment …’

The images show the young archaeologists spinning and one of their pieces of weaving.


weaving a


weaving b


If you are aged under 17 and interested in joining the Young Archaeologists’ Club in Colchester, then please contact Barbara Butler on 07808 968766 or at barbara[at] or Barbara Butler, Colchester YAC Branch, c/o the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Roman Circus House, off Circular Road North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7GZ.

The National Young Archaeologists’ Club web-site is at