Young archaeologist gets recognition

PUBLISHED: 11:25 26 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

James Dilley

James Dilley

THE talents of a young archaeologist have been recognised in the Cambridgeshire Young Persons History awards. Fourteen-year-old James Dilley, of Royston, collected his award after carrying out a study on Therfield Heath that involved looking at an area or

THE talents of a young archaeologist have been recognised in the Cambridgeshire Young Persons History awards.

Fourteen-year-old James Dilley, of Royston, collected his award after carrying out a study on Therfield Heath that involved looking at an area or site of archaeological importance.

The research was part of James's archaeology GCSE studies, which has since gone on display in the Royston and District Museum.

James, who attends Bassingbourn Village College, said: "I'm pleased to have been given this award. It's great. However, for me it's an award for everyone who has been involved with the project, including my parents, Sylvia Beamon at the Royston Cave and Carole Kaszak at the museum."

James, whose main interests are British archaeology and Roman History said: "The project covered a huge amount of things and stretched from the Neolithic era until the Second World War. It's been interesting and has only furthered my interest in archaeology."

James is also part of the newly set-up Royston Time Trackers, where he has helped set up a club for youngsters through the Royston & District Museum.

"I think it's important that young people learn about the history of their area. It's good because they expand their interests and knowledge of where they live," he said.

- James has helped set up an Archaeology Family Fun Day at Royston & District Museum to celebrate the National Archaeology Week. The event will be taking place on Saturday, July 14 from 1pm-4pm.

The day will include a number of activities for youngsters, including arts and crafts, archaeological displays, and history-themed activities.

- For more details call the museum on 01763 242587 or visit the website at www.roystonmuseum.org.uk

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