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London pupils get digging

07/10/2009 Kelly
According to the East London Advertiser, twenty Tower Hamlets pupils took part in the dig led by Time Team's Carenza Lewis.

The pupils from Oaklands and Morpeth schools in Bethnal Green worked in small teams to excavate six sites in the village of Girton, just outside the Cambridge.

Discoveries included a 17th century clay pipe and pieces of medieval and Saxon pottery, claims the newspaper.

This project was part of the university's Access Cambridge Archaeology scheme, which was set up in 2005.

The university also visits schools for Discovery Day workshops where pupils are given the chance to handle artefacts while learning about how to apply to university.

Oaklands pupil Rezwana Akthar told the Advertiser: "When we were told about the chance to come and see Cambridge University, I really liked the idea. I'm planning to study science not archaeology but I find history really interesting."

Written by Charlotte Michaels

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