Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club and their November meeting

Yesterday  (21st November), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) held their November meeting here at the Roman circus centre, in various parts of the building – upstairs in the Trust’s main office, in our archaeological processing room, and in the ‘chariot room’ of the circus centre, itself!

Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We started our meeting by taking a census of YAC members and volunteer leaders. While these were being completed and collected up, we had a warm-up game. When our census was complete, it seemed a good idea to talk about censuses in the Roman world, their purpose and, in particular, those ordered by Caesar Augustus in the Roman province of Judea. After this, members’ imaginations were put to the test to try to come up with some new street names for the new residential developments in the old garrison, near the Roman circus centre. Altogether, YAC members thought up more than 50 names, many of which should make the planners smile. They ranged from Equus Estate, Prasutagus Street, Parachute Park and Army Avenue, to Caligula Close!

Trust volunteer Gillian Brown then took a group to identify and sort various finds from the Trust’s recent excavations, which have been processed by Trust volunteers. The YAC members examined and sorted the finds with enthusiasm and interest. Meanwhile, the other group discussed their various roles in Remembrance Sunday parades and services. All the YAC members then designed and made models of WW1 and WW2 war memorials and WW2 defences, which they modelled and coloured using plasticine, straws, cardboard, lolly sticks, pipe-cleaners, stickers, colouring pens and many other bits and pieces found in the YAC store cupboard. The finished plans, drawings and models were impressive …’.

The Colchester YAC’s next meeting is at the Roman circus centre on the 12th December.

The images show volunteer leader Kate Clover writing down ideas for street names as they were thought up, in the ‘chariot room’; finds identification and sorting in the Trust’s processing room with Gillian Brown; and designing and making models of war memorials and WW2 defences in the Trust’s main office. (Photo.s by Barbara Butler and published here with the kind permission of the YAC members and their parents.)


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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, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex CO2 7GZ.

The National Young Archaeologists’ Club web-site is at .