Oyne Primary School have been busy carrying out archaeological fieldwork as part of a project to unlock the secret past of the Bennachie area.
The pupils found it very exciting to work as archaeologists and have learnt many new skills along the way. They worked alongside Keig School to discover the rich history of Bennachie and the surrounding area and have been working with University staff and an archaeologist to explore, in particular, the archaeology of the area immediately surrounding their schools.
Oyne School’s archaeological work and documentary research included sherds of medieval pottery which were discovered by the pupils, who also cleaned, labelled and prepared them for display. The results were brought to the community, exhibited as part of the village’s Jubilee celebrations on Saturday, June 2.
The school used the University Museum’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ as part of the exhibition of their findings. They started with a visit to the University’s King’s Museum where they explored the collections and found out about the history of museums and collecting.
Children have been displaying their finds and other treasures in the cabinet’s 70 drawers, display areas and secret compartments. They have also borrowed an object from the University’s collections to display in the cabinet alongside their own finds.
Colin Shepherd, the Bailies of Bennachie’s Archaeologist, spoke about the project. He said: “I am amazed at how good the children are at being archaeologists and the research work they have carried out is first class.”
Elizabeth Curtis, Lecturer in Education, said: “Using the Cabinet of Curiosities has helped pupils to think about ways of displaying their ideas to other people. They have also been able to use the museum collections to see what their broken sherds of pottery would originally have looked like.”