Youngsters win digging day

William and Elizabeth Allis
William and Elizabeth Allis

Two Young Archaeologists from the Flodden Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) are the lucky winners of an excavation competition.

William and Elizabeth Allis, from Lowick, were invited to spend the day digging with the professionals at Bamburgh Research Project’s excavation at Bradford Kaims last Saturday after winning ‘Dig It’, a yearly YAC competition.

They were able to get their hands dirty digging, examining and washing some of the finds made on the site and learn other archaeological skills such as drawing to scale and measuring features.

In addition to being involved in the professional dig, both William and Elizabeth were awarded tool rolls filled with archaeological tools and T-shirts as part of the prize.

Elizabeth said: “My brother and I had a great time digging at Bradford Kaims with the team of archaeologists.

“There was a strange wooden object found, it had a sort of handle and three holes in one end.

“No one knows what it is yet, I think it’s something that prehistoric people made and buried to confuse archaeologists later on!”

Nicky Milsted, YAC communications officer and competition organiser, said: “It’s always great to see YAC members getting their hands dirty on archaeological sites, learning excavation skills from real archaeologists – and this opportunity for competition winners William and Elizabeth is especially exciting.

“Huge thanks must go to the team from Bamburgh Research Project for allowing our YAC winners to work alongside them, and also to Past Horizons who provided each of the winners with an amazing tool roll to use on site and take home with them.”

Anyone who would like to join the Flodden YAC should contact Jane on 07768 557698 or email