By Dave Gilbert
As part of the Castleford Roman Festival on Saturday 18th June Phil Weston, one of Red River Archaeology's senior project managers, attended to lend his expert knowledge to proceedings and show support for the festival.
Phil assisted the "Artificial Dig" run by Pontefract's Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) that gave kids the chance to try their hand at digging up the past. The children were able to dress up as an archaeologist, dig for artefacts and learn about the tools and benefits of archaeology.
Pontefract YAC is based at Pontefract Museum, it is run by a dedicated group of voluntees and usually meets once a month.
Other activities on the day gave people the opportunity to explore a Roman-themed market with demonstrations and activities such as Roman toy making, science experiments, and pottery throwing.
Dozens of people turned up to the archaeological to support the YAC artificial dig, including the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.