INQUISITIVE youngsters dug deep to search for hidden treasures beneath Wakefield Cathedral.
Armed with trowels, pupils from Streethouse J&I School worked with an archaeological team to unearth lost finds.
They wore hard hats and high visibility jackets as part of the Time Team style dig in the nave, which is undergoing a major restoration project.
Archaeologists are working at the cathedral during the first part of the re-ordering prior to installing new flooring and an under-floor heating system.
Streethouse class teacher Janette Barlow said: “It was great experience for them.
“We have been learning about archeology in class and they have all been fascinated by it.
“It was good for them to have a go in a real situation and they totally absorbed everything they were taught.
“We may have some archeologists for the future.”
The children found various items of pottery dating back around 70 years. A team of professionals were remaining on site this week to see what else there is beneath the building.
The cathedral’s education officer Ali Bullivent said: “The cathedral is a fascinating heritage site as there has been a building here for nearly a thousand years so who knows what we may find.
“We have found some bricked-up holes in the heating ducts, which are being excavated, so there could be underground passages.”
A £5m project to restore the building in time for its 125th birthday next year began in March.
But church leaders fear it could now be in jeopardy if the government’s 20 per cent tax on listed building restorations go ahead.
The Dean of Wakefield’s wife Pamela Greener has released two songs about their woes.