Dig into history at Roman fort event

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Chesters Roman Fort mini-archaeologists.
Chesters Roman Fort mini-archaeologists.

Budding archaeologists and can get stuck into history this weekend – helping to unearth Northumberland’s hidden past for some half-term fun.

Youngsters are invited to step back in time to the 19th century at Chesters Roman Fort and Museum for an archaeology event.

The Victorian era is significant to the site as it was during the mid-1800s that local historian John Clayton carried out some of the first archaeological excavations on Hadrian’s Wall.

Visitors will be joined by two Victorian characters who would have helped John in his efforts to uncover Roman remains, ancient artefacts and more.

Talks will be held throughout the day to help youngsters understand more about the excavation tools used, some of which are on display in the Clayton Museum.

And mini-archaeologists will have the chance to stand in the shoes of Victorian excavators and guess what the Roman finds are.

Throughout the day, the Victorian guides will lead tours of an area to discuss what was unearthed there by John Clayton and his team of archaeologists.

Visitors can also take their time in admiring the collection of Roman objects and original archaeology on display.

The 19th century mini archaeologists event will run between 11am and 3pm from Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, February 26.

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