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Ben wins a day on real-life dig.

A BUDDING young Solihull archaeologist won the chance to hunt for clues on a real-life dig.

Ben Creaton, aged nine, joined archaeologists from Birmingham Archaeology on-site at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon - the last home of William Shakespeare.

He and two other children from the Midlands won the opportunity to take part in the project through a competition in Young Archaeologist, the exclusive magazine of the Young Archaeologists' Club.

The History-loving youngster spent a day working alongside professionals and volunteers, excavating and learning how to sieve soil samples, wash his precious finds and create archaeological drawings.

The trio found pieces of Tudor brick, which may have once been part of Shakespeare's home, along with charcoal, animal bones and pieces of pottery.

Nicky Milsted from the Young Archaeologists' Club said: "Watch out Time Team, we may well have discovered the next generation of archaeologists!"

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Digging in: Ben Creaton delves into the earth in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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