The History department took a group of 30 pupils from year 11 to Rhossili Bay in order to participate in an archaeological survey for the National Trust. The pupils mapped out an area just above the beach known as ‘The Warren’, where the remains of a medieval church and village have been discovered. The pupils conducted a geophysical survey of the site to see what was beneath the surface of the grass and sand. They also used an augering drill to collect soil samples for analysis. The pupils also visited a re-enactment of the medieval village complete with cook, archer and even a barber-surgeon, which allowed the pupils to put their ‘Medicine Through Time’ knowledge to good use.
Miss Siddika explained the trip was a unique opportunity for the pupils: ‘We were one of only three schools in Swansea to participate in the archaeological survey and related activities. It was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to extend their knowledge of the medieval period, as well as see what historical research looks like in practise.’