YourDIG : Southburn 

Working in partnership with the volunteer-run Southburn Archaeological Museum, YAT presented SAM’s nationally significant collection spanning 6000 years of history to a wider audience and promoted the valuable work done by this community museum.

Rebecca Sampson of YAT installing artefacts for the new YourDIG exhibition

Rebecca Sampson of YAT installing artefacts for the new YourDIG exhibition

Belonging to a much larger collection, the artefacts are a mixture of domestic items, tools, and ritual objects, showing continuous occupation of the area from the Neolithic to the Anglian period.

Included in the exhibition were many intriguing finds, among them a chalk figurine believed to date from the Iron Age and to have been produced by the Parisi, a tribe that inhabited the area, as well as a copper alloy Roman trumpet brooch and a mortarium fragment which would have been used for grinding herbs and spices.

Through soundscapes, tactile elements and oral histories, the story of the collector responsible for the museum’s creation, the Southburn farmworker and amateur archaeologist Brian Hebblewhite were brought to life.

This exhibition was jointly curated by The JORVIK Group and Southburn Archaeological Museum, with support from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.

Chris Tuckley, head of interpretation at York Archaeological Trust, discusses the first YourDIG exhibition.
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