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Festive frolics for ravenous Romans!

Togas were flying at our Christmas Party in December as members played their favourite, energetic games wearing fabulous Roman costumes. Members only that is, since none of the leaders had dressed up, unless you count the fashionable modern Roman, wearing her sunglasses (which none of the YAC members did!).

Cally produced a wonderful feast – as usual. We are all very grateful to her and showed our appreciation in the best possible way – by eating everything!
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Christmas Party 2006

It’s that time of year again and the first (and probably best) Christmas party of 2006 was held at Salisbury Museum when the South West Wilts YAC celebrated in fine style with lots of delicious food (thanks to Cally!) and plenty of games with an archaeological twist (thanks to Cat!).

First though, we had to try to recognise each other as members and leaders arrived heavily disguised. Bailey and Brannon won the prizes for the best fancy dress. The leaders decided not to have their photos taken – their costumes weren’t in the same league as these!

Some of the games involved thought and decision making – like building the tallest tower possible with newspaper and Sellotape – and the competition was a close run thing.

Some games were more about speed and determination and the winners deserved their success, risking bruised toes for a prize of a bag of sweets – and the glory of course!

The prize for the best folders went to Brannon and Charlotte who had both worked really hard to produce an exciting record of the archaeology they found interesting this year. All the leaders were very impressed. It made all their work over the last year seem well worthwhile!

Fun, Food and Fancy Dress!

This year’s Christmas party had a fancy dress theme. Costumes ranged from a cave girl, to the Romans, Queen Victoria and Howard Carter. The first of many games was ‘pass the penny’.

The next games played were everybody’s old favourite – the ‘mummy game’, the first team to wrap a fellow team member up in toilet roll wins! Then a fast paced game of magic carpet races!

Prizes were then given for:

Best costume – Great idea Emil, enjoy your book!

Best coin design – Nice one Victoria, who won a replica Elizabethan half penny!

Best folder – Well done Stephen, who won a replica Bronze Age arrowhead!!

Then it was more games and prizes for everyone!

Even the YAC leaders joined in the fun!!!

Crazy Costumes!!

This month at SWYAC, costumes were definitely in fashion!

Members not only looked at what people wore in the past but had to work out what parts of them and their clothes might remain for an archaeologist to find.

As well as this they also decided what bits of their “costume” – what they came to YAC dressed in – might be left for archaeologists of the future to find. What would be left of what YOU are wearing today? Our members rightly worked out that perhaps the zips from jackets, buttons from trousers, plastic on trainers and even their glasses may well survive.

They also decided that it isn’t just what is buried but WHERE it is buried, as different soils and climates affect how artefacts are preserved. Good examples of this are the so called ‘bog bodies’, such as Tollund Man, the completely preserved body of a man found in a fen (another word for a bog or marsh) in Denmark and thought to be about 2000 years old! He survived because bogs are such wet places that the bacteria that would normally cause him to decay can not survive.

To find out more about him why not check out this web page (you will need the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader to view this. Visit the BBC Webwise website to find out how this works):


But it is not just very wet places, very dry places also preserve things well, such as pieces of papyrus (a type of paper made from reeds and grass) with Egyptian hieroglyphs written on them. In the dry deserts of Egypt the papyrus literally dries out becoming very fragile, but with proper care and attention they can be preserved and translated to tell us more about Egyptian life thousands of years ago.

To find out more why not check out this web page:


Members spent the last part of the session making archaeological and historical costumes of their own, here’s what they came up with: