In search of a new generation of archaeologists

 Archaeologist Simon Temlett with, L-R, Samiul Kalam, 5, of Dean Road, Laila Roberts, 9, of Throxenby Lane and Lola Overfield, 10, of Ryefield Road in Eastfield

Archaeologist Simon Temlett with, L-R, Samiul Kalam, 5, of Dean Road, Laila Roberts, 9, of Throxenby Lane and Lola Overfield, 10, of Ryefield Road in Eastfield

Words and photo by Dave Barry

Five-year-old Samiul Kalam’s eyes lit up as he pulled an ancient pottery shard from a container full of earth.

It was one of 19 items ‘buried’ there by members of Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society.

The aim was to entertain youngsters and possibly plant the seed of interest which could germinate into a lifelong hobby - or even profession.

Samiul was keen as mustard as he delved into the earth in search of who-knows-what.

The 19 items in each of several trays ranged from Victorian pottery to Roman coins, said Simon Temlett, who chairs the society.

“They are all things that have been found in and around Scarborough”, he said, adding that the 30-odd children who took part were given an 800-year-old piece of pottery as a souvenir.

The society was founded as an excavating group in 1947 by a group of enthusiasts keen to preserve and research the area’s rich archaeological inheritance.

The organisation aims to increase and disseminate knowledge of and interest in the archaeology and history of Scarborough and the surrounding area; to undertake and support research into sites and archives of archaeological, architectural and historical interest; and the publication of the results of such researches.

Subjects of the society’s next lecture series at the library include Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson by Gill Blanchard (16 Oct), the 1984 fire at York Minster and the restoration of the roof by John Toy (30 Oct), the Roman Roads Research Association by Mike Haken (13 Nov), the Anglo-Saxon origins of the churches and parishes of the Scarborough area by Steve Bassett (27 Nov) and brewery trips to the town by Keith Johnston (11 Dec).

The lectures are open to the public at a cost of £3. They are due to start at 7.30pm.

Website: www.sahs.org.uk.