Mick Aston’s Young Archaeologists meet in the morning on the first Saturday of each month, usually at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The sessions run for approximately 2 hours. Each month we explore the past in exciting new ways including…

Ancient artefacts: How do archaeologists identify finds like pottery and ancient tools and weapons?
Experimental archaeology: Learn about ancient crafts and try your hand at making your own prehistoric artefacts.
Old bones: How can you tell a sheep bone from a cow bone? What can old bones tell you about how people used to live?

Sometimes we also run whole-day events in all sorts of different locations, e.g. visiting and investigating archaeological sites and historic places, trying out traditional crafts and taking part in excavations. Below is a list of our future events:


28th July: Council For British Archaeology Fringe Festival at Montacute House

2018 Past events:

6th January: Japanese Archaeology

3rd February: Cave art

3rd March: Fieldwork activity day

7th April: Ancient woodland crafts

5th May: Making mosaics

2nd June: Visit to the Brick and Tile Museum

7th July: Saxon re-enactment day

2017 Past events:
7th January: Return of the Owls!

4th February: Buckskin, bogs and brains!

11th March: A visit to the Somerset Heritage Centre

1st April: Geophysical Surveying

6th May: Micro-archaeology

11th June: Visit to Ipplepen

1st July: MAYA One Year Anniversary

29th July: Geophysics at Montacute House

2nd September: Flint knapping with Phil Harding

30th September: MAYA Family Archaeology Day

7th October: Stonehenge with Julian Richards

4th November: Mick Aston and Stained Glass Windows

2nd December: Christmas Party


2016 Past events:
9th April: Promotional launch at the Museum of Somerset with Phil Harding

11th June: Experimental Archaeology Activity Day (Avalon Marshes Centre)

9th July: Finds handling and identification (Castle House, Museum of Somerset)

13th August: Excavation visit  with the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group

10th September: Maps and tunnels (Castle House, Museum of Somerset)

8th October: Indoor Dig with Julian Richards from TV’s “Meet the Ancestors”!

5th November: Reconstruct a sheep workshop

3rd December: Willow Christmas decorations/ Mayan themed Christmas party