Although we missed public archeological excavation at Dalfsen with our homeschooling friends, there was another chance to do it. A couple of years ago we had a guided tour at an excavation in Velikiy Novgorod. In Dalfsen kids could not only look, but participate guided by archeologists. I always appreciate those opportunities to get close to an apprenticeship relation with a professional. To see the work from inside, to marvel at their expertise (seeing a difference between bronse age and iron age techniques on a 2×2 cm ceramic piece), to see for yourself not only the glory of big finds, but also the routine work of digging and sifting without knowing if and when anything valuable comes out of it.
It was a fun experience to share with the kids. And, as it was the last really warm day and the excavation was closing in a few days, we could linger there longer, kids happily playing around the huge sand hills and their parents enjoying conversation in the sun.