Mick Aston’s Young Archaeologists (MAYA) is a branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) based in and around Taunton in Somerset. It is for young people aged 8 – 16 years who are interested in archaeology. YAC is a national organisation set up by the Council for British Archaeology, and has a network of local clubs across the UK.

YAC clubs are run by a team of adult volunteers. Each volunteer has to complete an application form and provide two references and undergo regular criminal record checks. Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds; some are professional archaeologists, others work in museums or schools. Many are just interested in archaeology and volunteer with YAC to further their own knowledge and experience.

Mick Aston’s Young Archaeologists meet on the morning of the first Saturday of each month, usually at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. Sometimes we run whole-day events in all sorts of different locations, e.g. visiting and investigating archaeological sites and historic places, trying out traditional crafts, taking part in excavations, and lots more. See our Events page for our forthcoming activities.