Thank You’s from Children

Thank you for these wonderful letters and comments! They really inspire me and my work 🙂

Found in my bag after giving a workshop to Year 5 at Torriano School, London
Found in my bag after giving a workshop to Year 5 at Torriano School, London!

You have really inspired me to be an archaeologist, along with my friend Simon, so THANK YOU!!!!!

Emily from St. Peter’s Junior School, Nottingham.

Hi Diane on Tuesday the 29th of February you came to my school I loved that you came and helped us make Maya calendars. I really enjoyed your visit, I miss you, you made learning really fun thank you!

Charlotte from Gillibrand Primary School

Witham Hall School, Lincolnshire

Thank you for coming to the school, I loved it. I’m the boy who told you that I was inspired to be an archaeologist. Once again thank you for coming to the school, it’s probably the best experience so far in Year 5!

Zack from St. James Primary School

Wherwell Primary School, Hants

Thank you for teaching us all about the Maya, I think i want to be a Maya archaeologist!

Summer from Butler’s Court School

Ilmington C of E Primary School, Warwickshire

Thank you for driving 4 hours to come and teach us about the wonderful Maya.  We are so grateful for you coming and letting us touch all of your artefacts and spend time at our school. We were really impressed by the Maya, but were more impressed by you. When we first started learning about the Maya I wasn’t quite sure, but now you have inspired me to be an archaeologist.

Charlie, Pottery Primary School

A lovely thank you card and flowers (!) from Pottery Primary School, Derbyshire

Thank you for visiting our class, it was really fun, but at the same time really interesting. My favourite bit was all of it! Last week I went on your website and my dad and I did a quiz. It was fun. .

Ava

St. Johns RC Primary School, Manchester

I am writing to thank you for coming into our school and teaching us about the Maya, without you we wouldn’t even know how to say Maya right. While you were here, you were telling us about how amazing the Maya were but obviously you are the amazing one. I believe that you know almost everything about the Maya.

Grace from Pottery Primary School

Temple Grafton School, Alcester

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Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe

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Dundonald School, Wimbledon

I really appreciate you taking your time off and coming to our school to teach us about the Maya. I leant so much last week – thank you again!

Evan

Castlemorton School, Worcs 

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Lympstone Primary School, Devon

Dear Dr Diane,

Thank you, Dr Diane, for coming in to tell us about Maya people and how you discovered facts about their culture and what you found there. For example, their kings always had jaguar skin with them because it represents power and how the howler monkeys woke you up at 5 am in Guatemala. Also, when it rains it takes 30 hours to get to the closest village. We hope you enjoy reading our diary entries, about what it would be like to live in the jungle like you. We all really enjoyed you coming to teach us all about the jungle.  

From Class 6, Lympstone Primary School, Devon.

Click here to read some of Year 6’s diaries about the Maya jungle

West Park Primary School, Wolverhampton

A recount of our morning with Dr Diane Davies by Hashim

“This morning was epic! A real archaeologist came to us and year five! Did you know she is the only British Maya archaeologist in the UK!

We went into the hall where everything was set out and we learnt about all of the adventures she has had. Her name was Dr Diane Davies. Firstly she told us all about the architecture/artefacts she has gathered which are related to the Maya. She has found pieces of pottery, Maya tools and loads more! Disturbingly, she had to spend three months at a time in the jungle, but eight years in total. This was where she found all the artefacts.

There was a huge site, which Dr Davies excavated at San Bartolo. Using trowels, pick axes and normal brushes to break stone, brush dust and dig in soil. Secondly she gave us extra information about the Maya and how they lived. The jungle was the hardest place to live. Even the Maya knew that BUT they still chose that area! Hard-core aren’t they? You think that the jungle is a nice place to live with all the wildlife and plants. Think again!! The jungle is a hard place to live in.

Well, at least Dr Davies and her crew managed there, even though they did not have proper toilet service. Imagine that!”

Pottery Primary School, Derbyshire

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I will never forget meeting a famous archaeologist like you!

Callum Pottery Primary School

Capenhurst Primary School, Chester

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I love how brave you are to go into the rainforest with just a few other people, you are my inspiration!

Alice from Alphington Primary School

Hi Dr Diane, it is an absolute pleasure to write to you. If you remember, you visited our school yesterday-Thursday-West Park Primary, and your inspiration to be an archaeologist really determined me to be one. I really enjoyed the day – I learned a lot about the Maya. I hope we meet again!

Hafsa from West Park Primary School

By the way i LOVED your visit!!!!!!! When other people learn the Maya they’ll be fascinated!!!

Bianca from Wolf Fields Primary School.

Thank you for visiting our school, we really appreciate it. We would also like to know whether you could visit out school again. Thank you very much.

Jake and Leo from Hertsmere Junior School

Hello, my name is Ria, you came to my school Harrold middle school! When i got back from school I told my mum all about you and your website! I found that all of the Maya stuff is really exciting! You have inspired me to bcome an archaeologist!!!!! Thank you very much fro coming to my school.

Ria from Harrold Middle School

Thank you for coming to our school, me, the teacher and the whole class really appreciated what you told us. Me and the whole class enjoyed it. All the artefacts were sooo amazing. I was loving it so much I want to be an archaeologist some day.

Mollie from Pottery Primary School

I look forward to doing activities on your website and we’ve done a chatterbox – it was amazing.

Daisy

Thank you for teaching us about the Maya, I am very grateful that you gave us a magic book with your signature and thank you for bringing artefacts in.

Aeryn, Capenhurst Church of England Primary School

99 responses to “Thank You’s from Children”

  1. Lucy says:

    I loved all the artifacts that Dr Diane Davies brought to are school on Monday 21st January

    • Ava says:

      I loved the talk that you gave us! It was very interesting and I am now very interested in the Maya!!

      • Alice says:

        I am very impressed with the Maya!
        Thank you for the amazing talk about the Maya and how they invented chocolate.
        Thank you for giving us the amazing workshop you gave us on Wednsday.
        I am SSSOOOO happy that I got to try on the traditional Maya clothing and how i got to keep my own free worry doll!
        Thank you so much!

  2. Lucy says:

    I really enjoyed it when Dr Diane Davies came into are school and showed us maya aritifacts my favourite was the jade knife

  3. Amelia says:

    You have made me really interested in learning about the maya now I want to be an archaeologist .Thank you so much from Amelia Currie Xxxxxx

  4. Amelia Currie says:

    Hi you’re the best I really want to be an archaeologist now I love you xxxxx

  5. Benjamin Herbert says:

    Archaeologists are awesome! I really liked learning about the Mayans, the artefacts were cool.

    Thank you so much for visiting us.

    From Ben Herbert class 4SH – Owston Park Primary Academy.

  6. Jessica says:

    You are the best

  7. chloe says:

    thank you for coming I realy injoyed it

  8. charlie ware/jack hanlon says:

    Thank you for teaching us.

  9. Willam and will says:

    Thank you for teachings us now we have a lot of knowledge of Mayans.

  10. Willam and will says:

    Thank you for teachings us now we have a lot of knowledge of Mayans.

  11. Woody says:

    Thank you for coming down to teach us about the maya civilisation. I really liked it when you gave me the doll and put the death mask on me. THANK YOU, from Woody

  12. Alice and Tilly says:

    Thank you so much for telling us about your inspiring trip to the Maya world we are so grateful that we were able to touch all of your precious findings. Thank you so much! 🙂

  13. Katie says:

    I loved the artifacts and how they are so awsome

  14. lexie says:

    Thank you so much for coming to our school to teach us about the maya people you have taught us alot and were so greatful!

  15. Ben says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies thank you for coming into prettygate we really enjoyed I am from the second class you saw I was the boy at the back my favourite was the jade knife it was cool. Thank you very much for coming on the 3rd April if you are reading

  16. Jessica s says:

    Franck you for coming

  17. Pravleen kaur says:

    thank you for coming to are school I have learn so much about mayas

  18. Olivia Britton says:

    Dear dr Diane you came to st Thomas more catholic primary school on friday the 7th of June you came to year four miss Wilson’s class and I along with others didn’t want you to leave we loved exploring maya stuff but my favourite thing was everything we wish you were our teacher and we love how we got to see the number one uk maya archaeologist . If you didn’t come I would call Maya’s mayans xxx your the best

  19. Olivia Britton says:

    Dear dr Diane on friday the 7th of June you came to year four miss Wilson’s class and I along with others didn’t want you to leave we loved exploring maya stuff but my favourite thing was everything we wish you were our teacher and we love how we got to see the number one uk maya archaeologist . If you didn’t come I would call Maya’s mayans xxx your the best

  20. Zosia Zmija says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,
    I really enjoyed the lesson you gave us on the 13th June 2019.
    I learnt loads on the Maya Civilization and I really like your website.

    • Sherine says:

      Dear Dr Diane Davies,
      This was the best day of the whole of year five thank you for coming in and tell us about your experience of the Mayas i hope you can some day come back and tell more maybe about your new research on a new tribe.I really enjoyed the lesson thank you ever so much.

  21. Grace says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,
    Thank you sooooo much for teaching year 4 about the lovely Maya civilisation. It was amazing to learn about and thank you.

  22. Grace says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,
    Thank you sooooo much for teaching year 4 about the lovely Maya civilisation. It was amazing to learn about and thank you.
    From year 4

  23. Gemma says:

    Thank you so much for coming to our school. I loved seeing all of the Maya artefacts and I loved hearing all about your time in the rainforest.
    Once again Thank you so much.

  24. Gemma says:

    Hello Dr Diane thank you so much for coming to our school today. I loved seeing all the Maya artefacts and hearing about your time in the Rainforest. Once again a massive thank you from ME!

    • madeleine says:

      Dear Doctor Diane,
      thank you for visiting our school and teaching us about the Maya culture. on behalf of year five, we learnt a lot! I absolutely loved seeing all the artifact that you showed us and loved seeing all the clothes and the facts you told us and I know my friends did to.
      thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

  25. Gemma Year 6 says:

    Hello Dr Diane thank you so much for coming to our school today. I loved seeing all the Maya artefacts and hearing about your time in the Rainforest. Once again a massive thank you from ME!

  26. Ambika says:

    Dear DR Diane Davies, thank you for coming to our school. You taught as a lot about the Maya civilization. We miss you a lot. We loved all the artifacts specially the death mask. Hope we meet again. Thank you once again. Bye.

  27. Lottie says:

    Thank you dr Diane you are amazing
    You are sooooo inspiring
    Love youuuuu!!!!

  28. James says:

    I loved looking at the artifacts. The presentation was very enjoyable. Thank you so much

  29. Frannyboy 101 says:

    I liked the maya dolls,sorry worry people,and the star wars people

  30. Nicholas Nita says:

    I had a wonderful time and the workshop was really fun thank you for coming and now im really interested in the Maya’s See you dude

  31. James says:

    When you came to our school I felt very inspired. The artifacts were amazing! Thank you so much

  32. Jack says:

    I had a wonderful time learning about the Mayas and looking at different cool artifacts
    I really hope you come back again. I am now really interested in coming an archaeologist
    and may take it up as a job in my later life.

    Jack

  33. chazzarrrrrr328 says:

    thank you soooo much for the maya workshop i enjoyed it verry much i liked the worry dolls they were soo cool

  34. oscar.c says:

    your website has helped us learn all about the maya’s

  35. katie says:

    hi thank you for coming all the way from wales to see us all it was a pleasure to have you we all lernt a lot

  36. Rafaela says:

    Hi thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about the maya tribe I know it was a long way from wales but we just want to say thank you

  37. Lorcan Frisby says:

    Thank you Dr Davies for coming to our school and telling us about the Maya. It is very much appreciated. Now I mite even become a Maya archaeologist.

  38. boden says:

    my name is boden and i loved your presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Alice says:

    I am very impressed with the Maya!
    Thank you for the amazing talk about the Maya and how they invented chocolate.
    Thank you for giving us the amazing workshop you gave us on Wednsday.
    I am SSSOOOO happy that I got to try on the traditional Maya clothing and how i got to keep my own free worry doll!
    Thank you so much!

  40. Maya says:

    Dear Dr. Davies
    thank you for visiting our school and teaching us all about the Maya I really enjoyed your visit
    from
    MAYA

  41. Leon says:

    Thank you for the talk it was really educational. I told my parents all about the amazing day.I also had a question for you how much of the Mayan world is there still to discover?

  42. Alice says:

    Hello Dr Diane Davis!
    i loved the whole day about the maya and all the artifacts

  43. luke says:

    hello loved your presentation your so nice to everybody and the stuff you brought in was incredible im sure to be archaeoligist when im older thank you so much

  44. LEO says:

    HI COME AGAIN I HOPE YOU COME AGAIN SO YOUR GOING TO BE THE TALK OF THE SCHOOL!

  45. Leon says:

    HI,i really like the Mayas

  46. madeleine says:

    dear Dr Diane Davis,
    Thank you so much for visiting our school, we all had a great time and I know that this was the best day of Year 5 so far! I loved seeing all the artifacts and the beautiful jade. On behalf of the year 5s we all loved your your workshop especially all the interesting exciting facts. boys in our class even tried to play the maya ball game
    many thanks,
    madeleine

  47. NANA says:

    i loved your intresting questions and facts we are even trying and trying to be perfect at the ball game MAYA,MAYA,MAYA,MAYA I LOVE THE MAYA.

  48. Leon says:

    hi, I was very interested in the Maya.

  49. Sherine says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davis,
    My friends and i are very happy that you gave up your time just so that you can talk to us about the Mayas we have learnt alot about the calendurs,what they eat and about there religon thank you so much for helping us the other

  50. jack says:

    Thank you for the lovely day on Wednesday for teaching us loads of new stuff about the magnifisent Maya and thank you for coming!!!!!!

  51. Arthur says:

    Hi thank you for showing us the Maya, they are really advanced!

  52. frank says:

    Thank you for the best day on Wednesday you have inspired me to be a archaeologist thank you sooo much!

  53. Julia Korniak says:

    Hello, Dr Diane Davis I would like to say THANH YOU for coming to our school to share about the Maya, I LOVED it. THANK YOU.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Maria Ziolkowska says:

    HI DOCTOR Diane Davies, I really appreciate your time at ST James with Year 5.I loved learning about the Maya, and you really inspired me to be an archeologist when I grow up.

  55. Arthur says:

    Thank you so much for coming to show us about the Maya! I loved it!

  56. Oscar.C says:

    Thank you for sharing your time with us. You have really helped me learn more about the maya’s. I am looking forward to learning more.

  57. Emily says:

    Your visit was so educational.
    I loved hearing about the animals you encountered.

  58. Ambika says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies thank you for coming to my school and thank you for the worry doll I still have it and it is safe. You are on of my favourite teacher. I hope we meet again!

  59. Bea says:

    I have enjoyed you coming to our school, the thing which I enjoyed is the mask and the cocoa crusher.
    what part of your job do you like the most of?

    sincerely
    Bea

  60. Alex r says:

    To Dr Diana David
    Thank you for coming to are school today I really enjoyed learning about the Maya it is so fascinating I’m going to read her more about them it has left me wondering so many different things Thank you again

    Sincerely Alex R

  61. Sophie says:

    Thank you for teaching us a bout the Maya it’s wonderful by the tresures theve left behind is really hard to ansew the Questions you’ve said

  62. Sophie says:

    Thank you for taking to our school it was amazing the death mask was so weird but i loved doing the cocoa crusher I hope you can put my school on the Web and my name for my comment just thankyou xxx by Sophie

  63. Lily Goddard says:

    thank you so much Dr Diane you were brilliant you are the talk of the school every one love even the boys me and all my friends want to be maya archaeologists when we grow up!!!!!!!!!

  64. Lily Goddard says:

    I LOVED YOU TODAY DR DIANE THANK YOU SO MUCH

  65. Lily Goddard says:

    DR DIANE IS BRILLIANT

  66. Taylor Duffield-Hunt says:

    Dear DR Diane Davis,

    I really appreciated you coming to our school to tell us all about ancient Maya and all of your journeys across the world.

    I learnt many things from this including how the ancient Mayan people made chocolate and how the Mayan calendar has 52 years.

    The best part was probably where we got to touch and taste the artifacts that you kindly brought in for us.

    Taylor

  67. Maisie says:

    I’ve just seen your videos and it’s really cool I think you should post videos every single time you enter and exit there And any bites if you’ve been bittenBut anyway it is really good and any followers of Dr Diane Davies should be really proud of her

    • Diane Davies says:

      Thank you Maisie, actually have lots of videos from every time i have been in the rainforest but i have had no time to upload them to youtube. I am hoping to be able to do this before September now we are all at home.

  68. z.zmija says:

    Hi dr diane i miss primary school a lot i really want to be a archeologist
    when i’m older i wasn’t sure then what on but now i know, “the Maya civilization”.
    i might be at secondary but you still inspire me. if i could ever meet you again i would!
    from z.zmija
    ps. i went to Great and Little Shelford Primary School

  69. Olivia says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,

    Thank you for the visit, you have inspired me to be an Archaeologist with my friend Alfie. When I’m older I would like to join your team on the search of the Maya because you’re the best and I think everyone should be very impressed with your work.

  70. William says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,

    I am writing to you to thank you for visiting us. I am sure that all of my classmates would agree that your visit was extremely exciting and incredibly fun. Firstly, the presentation in the hall was really interesting especially the parts about the howler monkeys and the conch shell). I really liked when you spoke about the worry dolls and it was fascinating seeing everyone dressed up as the Maya would dress. Even better was the visit to the classrooms and looking at all artefacts including the jade creations (the mask was my favourite) and obsidian daggers.
    We really appreciate you coming, and I’m sure I’m speaking for us all! I think the younger years would love you coming when they study Maya. I sincerely enjoyed it thank you!

  71. Grace says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies

    I am writing to tell you how I enjoyed you coming in and telling us what it is like to be an archaeologist. My favourite part was when we were able to feel the Maya artefacts. I learnt that the Maya were able to craft pyramids or other items without any tools. Another exciting part was when you blew the shell and it was really cool. I especially liked the cocoa and mashing it was fun and it tasted really nice. I was really impressed by how the Maya played their ball games with only elbows, hips and knees, it must be really hard.
    It was really nice to meet you and I hope I see you again.

  72. Jacob says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,
    I am thanking you for putting on this outstanding visit and the magnificent assembly and workshop you did for us. I am really thankful for you bringing in the delicious dark chocolate from the cocoa bean that we got to smash with a special pestle. I defiantly think that all of my friends loved it as much as me.
    I like how in the assembly you showed us all about the Maya and how you found the oldest Maya writing and how your friend saved you from a pit viper that could have killed you. I like as well how the howler monkeys woke you up every day at 6 o’clock in the morning and I liked the picture of the sun set on one of the pyramids. At the workshop I loved all the different colours that the Maya used and I like the taste of the dark chocolate.
    I learnt that in the Maya number system they use a line for five and a dot for one and I learnt that the Maya were the inspiration for star wars. Also I learnt that the Maya built pyramids that were taller than the trees in the rain forests and that they were nothing like the Egyptian pyramids.
    I am saying thank you again for the amazing presentation that you did for us.

  73. Harriet says:

    Dear Dr Diane Davies,
    I am writing to thank you for the inspiring visit you made to us recently. I am certain your way of combining enjoyment with education alone inspired many, not to mention the incredible experience you led us through. Surely many, if not all of us, now feel the pull of taking up a similar profession in later life.
    Firstly, your breath-taking accounts of life in the rainforest surely captured multiple imaginations, and no one would deny the excited anticipation you brought to us. This experience gave us many new ambitions, and our eyes have seemed open to new and exciting possibilities since your visit. Many places and opportunities have now been realised by many of us, and now many appealing chances to explore and discover seem clearer.
    Moreover, your detailed descriptions of this glorious civilisation have surely entranced a number of pupils, as lost cities grew once more, and Ancient Maya people rose from the history books. You greatly helped us to understand and, it seemed, almost experience, their complicated and inspiring lives. Tales of their fabulous architecture made us realise how wonderfully advanced these intelligent people were.
    In addition, handling the historic artefacts was like stepping into another world, like reversing the clock hands, like unravelling time’s complicated wool. It was as if we ourselves were living the life they were once used in. The complexity of their details showed the Maya skills from lost times, once again reflecting how advanced they were.
    Overall, it was a wonderful day, and we were all greatly enlightened. Thank you again, for making history leap from the pages.

  74. Tisari says:

    Dr Diane Davies, thank you , you are an inspiration I loved it !!!

  75. Tisari says:

    You are an inspiration . THANK YOU!

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