Young Archaeologist of the Year 2017: Introducing Emma, Megan and Joshua from Sheffield YAC

Posted on 19/Oct/2017 Under News, YAC_News

The team behind the Council for British Archaeology Home Front Legacy project teamed up with the Sheffield YAC and Archaeosoup in to produce a series of six training videos. The videos show you how to get involved with the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project and help you learn about archaeological field recording.

The videos were planned and presented by three members of Sheffield YAC. And now Emma Hardie, Joshua Eden and Megan Hardie have been jointly nominated for the Young Archaeologist of the Year Award in the 2017 Marsh Archaeology Awards, organised by the Council for British Archaeology and the Marsh Christian Trust, for their starring roles.

Home Front Legacy videos

During October 2016, Emma, Megan and Josh were key to the development and production of a series of six archaeological training videos, which enable young people to record the archaeological remains of the First World War throughout the UK. The aims of these training videos are to showcase young people getting involved in practical archaeology; to share the basics of archaeological field recording; and to inspire the next generation of archaeologists to get involved in the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project. These videos are part of the Home Front Legacy young person’s resources for teachers, youth group leaders, YAC leaders and families.

Emma, Megan and Josh were responsible for planning the content of the videos and deciding the overall format. This involved them choosing the video subjects, writing scripts, choosing the shots/locations and presenting the videos during filming. They successfully demonstrated their subject knowledge and their newly acquired skills throughout the videos; putting this information across in an engaging and easy-to-follow manner.

Learning and sharing new skills

During the project, Emma, Megan and Josh showed great enthusiasm, especially while learning about the archaeological remains of the First World War Home Front and the range of sites that remain to be rediscovered. Thanks to their involvement in the project, they were able to recognise the importance of recording Home Front sites to ensure their future preservation. In an interview and blog post for the YAC website, the three young archaeologists were able to express this clearly, and encourage other young people to get involved in recording First World War archaeology too.

Emma, Megan and Josh have became adept at using the Home Front Legacy recording app’s functions, as well as recording sites; contributing grid references, site descriptions and photographs to the three sites they recorded for the project. They showed continued enthusiasm for archaeology throughout the project, even going as far as recommending Home Front Legacy to their friends and school teachers! Their natural enthusiasm comes across in the finished videos.

Emma, Megan and Josh each volunteered over 21 hours of their free time during weekends. Their hard work and enthusiasm has ensured the videos are highly informative, entertaining and perfect for the target audience. The videos are a valuable resource for the Home Front Legacy project, and will help inspire more young people to get involved in archaeology. You can check out the first of the videos below!

Good luck Emma, Megan and Josh!

The Young Archaeologist of the Year Award will be presented along with the other Marsh Archaeology Awards at a ceremony in London in November.