Wales student is digging excavation

Jack Smith at the excavation site, Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Jack Smith at the excavation site, Ridley Hall, Cambridge

A WALES High student has been getting a unique insight into life at the University of Cambridge - by taking part in an archaeological dig in the grounds of one of its colleges.

Jack Smith was just one of 18 sixth form students from across the UK selected to take part in the Access Cambridge Archaeology excavation, in the grounds of Ridley Hall.

The 16-year-old took part in the four-day residential to help him make his mind up about what to do after A-levels.

He said: “I thought this would give me an idea of what I want to do next.”

“I’m deciding between going to uni or getting a job, and I’m also thinking about the forces. It’s made me really want to go to uni now.”

“I have really enjoyed the dig. I thought the people would be stuck-up and snooty but everyone’s been really great. We’ve felt really welcome, it’s been good.”

Dr Carenza Lewis, director of Access Cambridge Archaeology who led the excavation team said: “Taking part in an archaeological excavation is a wonderful way to develop new skills and confidence, and to find out more about university options in a practical, research-driven learning situation.”

“This is real research, uncovering new evidence. As a result of this excavation, we have discovered new prehistoric, Roman and Middle Saxon finds which will add to our understanding of the history of East Anglia.”