The search is on for the Roman centre of Wetherby

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The search for the Roman centre of Wetherby will be the quest for schoolchildren taking part in Leeds Metropolitan University’s archaeology project, running from Monday 25 April until Thursday 28 April at Deighton Gates Primary School in Wetherby.

This year the project, which involves students from the School of Education and Professional Training at Leeds Met working with Leeds school pupils, has moved to Wetherby from its usual location of the university’s Headingley Campus. It will involve the pupils taking part in excavations, learning about the processes involved in archaeology and discovering more about Roman Wetherby through re-enactments in period costumes by Leeds Met students. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service and the Portable Antiquities Scheme will partner Leeds Met in this project.

In past years this innovative project has seen over 1,000 inner city Leeds children visit Leeds Met’s prestigious Headingley Campus to be involved in authentic excavations which have revealed evidence about Leeds Met’s heritage.

The project runs from 1:30pm on Monday 25 April to 4:00pm on Thursday 28 April.

Photo opportunity: Leeds Met education students will be dressing up as a Roman soldier, his wife and a slave girl on Tuesday 26 April, Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28 April to bring history alive for the schoolchildren.

For further information please contact Hannah Hughes, Leeds Met Communications, on 0113 283 6734.

Notes for editors:

• Leeds Metropolitan University is one of the country’s largest higher education establishments, with over 41,000 students and 3,000 members of staff.

• Partnerships with further education colleges mean Leeds Met also has over 100,000 associate students.

• Leeds Met is the only English university that will charge a comparatively low fee of £2,000 for full-time undergraduates from 2006, with its straightforward
‘low-charging, high impact’ approach.

Further details can be found on the website:

Contact: Cei Paynton

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