Digging deep into the past under Buckley school field

Published date: 02 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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YOUNGSTERS have dug up precious artefacts buried under their school playing field to help uncover a town’s historic links with the pottery trade.

Pupils at Elfed High School in Buckley have struck up a partnership with Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) to excavate part of their school field.

The plot at the Mill Lane school was previously the home of a kiln from the famed Price Pottery, active in the town in the 18th and 19th centuries.

With the support of CPAT archaeologists, the pupils have already discovered pieces of pottery and other gems more than 100 years old.

And as their excavation continues this week, the youngsters are hoping to uncover the remains of the former pottery dating back even further, with medieval finds not out of the question.

The pupils from Elfed were joined by younger children from Mountain Lane, Drury, Westwood and Southdown schools.

CPAT archaeologist Viviana Culshaw said: “The commitment of the students in the discovery of the past of Price’s pottery has been remarkable.

“The experience has enhanced the understanding of the local heritage and the significance of Buckley’s industrial past, creating a sense of community and collaboration.”

The young archaeologists-in-training thoroughly enjoyed their new experience.

Elfed student, Abby Cooper, 11, said: “We went outside and did lots of activities such as digging up artefacts and decorating clay. It was loads of fun.

“I even found parts of pots.”

Connor Beattie, 16, said: “The dig has been an extremely valuable experience which has given me the chance to engage in activities that aren’t normally available.

“It has given me a whole new skill set and encouraged my interest in local heritage and archaeology. It has been an excellent project for the whole school to get involved in.”

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