Saturday 27 April 2013

Astonishing Archaeology

I didn't get much sewing done today as we had a bit of a day out.  In our (small) village there is a big gravel extraction plant, it's been there 10 years already.  They have an archaeology team working one month ahead of the diggers, and today they held an exhibition of their finds in the village hall of the neighbouring village.

Completely free, they had over a dozen of their staff there answering questions (did you know there was such a thing as an osteoarchaeologist? she was fascinating) And lots of information as well as the items themselves on display

Phil Harding from Time Team on TV was there, flint knapping, and chatting

There was clay for the children to make their own pots - and plastic bags for them to use to take them home

Assorted 'finds' that we could pick up and feel

and gold beads from a necklace worn 4300 years ago (!!!!)

All the items on this poster were there for us to see

And this poster shows where they are known to originate from, FOUR THOUSAND YEARS AGO

They also had photos of evidence 4 extremely rare Early Neolithic houses (5500 years old) There are only a few dozen found at all in the UK, and they have never previously found more than one on a site.  The BBC has more info here

A lovely day


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