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Pupils take part in Cobham Landscape Detectives Project during Festival of Archaeology

By Messenger Reporter

Pupils got their hands dirty in the first week of the Festival of Archaeology.

Youngsters from Cobham Primary School took part in the special event, the Big Dig, every day.

Andrew Mayfield, community archaeologist for Kent County Council, said: “This is a fascinating project and a chance to unravel some of the archaeological secrets of Cobham village.

The youngsters took part in the Big Dig every day throughout the first week of the festival. Picture Gary Browne

The youngsters took part in the Big Dig every day throughout the first week of the festival. Picture: Gary Browne

The children examine their finds. Picture Gary Browne

The children examine their finds. Picture: Gary Browne

“Kent County Council is proud to be part of this prestigious event, which matches its own goals to widen involvement in archaeology and put people in touch with their own heritage.”

Year 5 pupils at Cobham Primary School taking part in the dig. Picture Gary Browne

Year 5 pupils at Cobham Primary School taking part in the dig. Picture: Gary Browne

A fragment of 250 year old pottery was among the finds. Picture Gary Browne

A fragment of 250 year old pottery was among the finds. Picture: Gary Browne

The dig is part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Cobham Landscape Detectives Project, and the Festival of Archaeology, a nationwide celebration, which is in its 27th year.

One girl examines a fragment of pipe. Picture Gary Browne

One girl examines a fragment of pipe. Picture: Gary Browne

The fund awarded the council a £96,000 grant last year to run the project over three years.

The dig ran until July 30. For more information visit www.festivalofarchaeology.org

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