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Last Updated: Friday December 30 2005 09:57 GMT

I'm Young Archaeologist of the Year

Emma chose a gold Roman finger ring to go on display at the Norwich Castle Museum

The Young Archaeologist of the Year awards is an annual event aimed at promoting the understanding of archaeology in the UK.

Eight-year-old Emma was one of this year's winners; she had to follow archaeological clues to discover the whereabouts of a mysterious site.

In her report she tells us what she enjoyed about the competition.

"It was my teacher who found the archaeological competition and asked me if I would like to enter.

I thought it was a good idea as I like watching Meet the Ancestors and Time Team.

I also like going to archaeological sites and castles.

For the competition I was given some clues and had to do some research on a mystery site.

I used the library, the internet and a TV programme to work out that the site was the Roman Saxon Shore Fort at Branodunum.

Really excited

I had to answer two questions and draw two pictures and find out about some mystery objects.

When I found out that I'd won, I was surprised, happy and really excited!

The prize included a behind-the-scenes tour of Norwich Castle museum.

Roman lunch

I got to hold some real Roman artefacts and I got to choose an object for a museum display. I chose a ring.

We went to Brancaster Millennium Centre and took part in some Roman activities. Francis Pryor from Time Team gave us a talk on the history of axes.

We went to the site to look at the panels with our work on them. We tried some Roman food for lunch. Then we wrote a Roman story with the author Robin Price.

Not all the time

I had a brilliant weekend. I especially liked the museum and my favourite part was the tour of the dungeons.

I also liked making a Roman shoe and the talk about axes by Francis Pryor.

I don't think I want to be an archaeologist.

I find archaeology fun but I would not want to do it all the time."

Emma, 8, Wiltshire


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