Demolished farm finds

PUBLISHED: 15:05 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11: LYMPSTONE school children got their hands dirty in their own version of Time Team - recently unearthing the past in a long-abandoned Victorian farm. In a joint project, Lympstone Primary School, the Ottery St Mary Heritage Society and Exeter University Co

LYMPSTONE school children got their hands dirty in their own version of Time Team - recently unearthing the past in a long-abandoned Victorian farm.In a joint project, Lympstone Primary School, the Ottery St Mary Heritage Society and Exeter University Community Archaeology Department got together and 28 children from class two spent the day excavating Goveton Farm, near Ottery St Mary. The five- and six-year-olds' aim was to discover the extent and type of buildings of this farmhouse, abandoned for 100 years, and no longer visible on the surface.They made some interesting discoveries - including walls and fireplaces and an intriguing plaque sporting the initials JT.The aim of the day was to provide the children with a real 'hands on' experience of the work of an archaeologist, while helping them with their investigation.Emma Thurlbeck, year one teacher, said: "The day was a great success. The children did not lift their heads out of the trench once - they were so engrossed in what they were doing. "They were able to take part in digging, sieving, washing finds, and surveying the site."Headteacher Tony Priest called the project, part of their history studies, 'one of the most popular' the class had ever had.He said: "At the harvest festival on Friday, it was good to see the children sing their digging song with such relish! They really enjoyed themselves."Now Rolle College is closed and relocated to Plymouth, it is good that we are forging a strong relationship with Exeter University, and we hope the relationship continues."Chris Wakefield, of the Ottery St Mary Heritage Society, said: "We only had a week to excavate, and the children were with us for a day, but they really enjoyed themselves.

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