Excavating Henry at the Helix

Saturday was the day to celebrate equine heritage at the Helix in Falkirk. Whilst there were dozens of live horses knocking about all day long, we offered visitors unprecedented access to the bones of dead horses.

Buried in 20cm of lovely top soil, contained in custom made raised dig-pits, Henry and friends just laid back and waited for excavati

on, on the hour, every hour. They remained calm and relaxed the whole day long, without even a hint of a bite or a kick. I think they relished the attention.

Every YAC member, parent and leader who gave up time to help out worked hard to make visitors welcome and ensure they had a great experience. So thanks to everyone who contributed and to everyone who came to join in the fun.

Henry, relaxing in an earth bath
Henry, relaxing in an earth bath
YAC activity across the water
YAC activity across the water

An assortment of bones

On Saturday September 9th YAC will be running the horse skeleton excavation activity as part of  Horsepower at the Kelpies in Falkirk. We have borrowed several historic skeletons and one came packed in a cardboard box, completely unsorted.

Yesterday, Brodie, Chantelle, Kathryn, Michal, Nicoleta and Ronan came along to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum for an hour, to pick through the bones and work out what we have and what’s missing.

As you can see, we have quite a bit of a skeleton, with quite a few of the long bones fragmented.

Bones coming out of the box
Bones coming out of the box
The first, rough sorting
The first, rough sorting
Alas, poor Dobbin! I knew him, Horatio
Alas, poor Dobbin! I knew him, Horatio