Experimental Archaeology: Learning about Technologies in the Past

Thanks to funding from Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, ARCH launches its new exciting project ‘Experimental Archaeology: Learning about Technologies in the Past’. The project will have three main strands. In the first year, at least 13 experimental archaeology days will take place where craftsmen demonstrate and explain different technologies used in the past. The objects resulting from these workshops will then be used to create a loans box which will be freely available to borrow. In the second year, an archaeologist and teacher will work together to create learning materials, so that the loans box and videos of the experimental sessions can be used in schools and other groups. The project hopes to attract a wide and diverse audience.

The idea for the project emerged from North Kessock & District Local History Society’s Feats of Clay project, where ARCH helped facilitate a visit by Neil Burridge who demonstrated Bronze Age metalworking. Everyone in the audience was caught up in the excitement of the day, and learned so much about how objects were made, what raw materials were needed, and how craftsmen in the past managed without gauges and modern equipment.

For the first year there will be 13 workshops, at least one a month, which will showcase a skill from the past, spanning from earliest settlers to more recent times. The workshops will be exciting to attend, but we will also film them and put the results online. Activities in later months will explore flint knapping, Bronze Age metalworking and pottery, Pictish carving, Iron Age bone working, making Viking ring money and medieval coinage, textiles through the ages and much more.

Events timetabled so far:

  • Green Woodworking
    Saturday, 28th October, 11-3, Dingwall Community Centre
    Lachlan McKeggie will will introduce green wood working skills, using lithic and metal tools.
  • Bronze Age Pottery
    Saturday 18th November, 11-3, Dingwall Community Centre
    Pat Gulliver will explore Bronze Age pottery techniques, especially on decorated beakers.
  • Textiles through the Ages
    Saturday 16th December, 11-3, Spectrum Centre, Farraline Park, Inverness
    Explore textiles through the ages with Lynne McKeggie.

All workshops are free. No booking necessary, just drop in. Children very welcome if accompanied by adults.

Activities in later months will explore flint knapping, Bronze Age metalworking, Pictish carving, Iron Age bone working, making Viking ring money and medieval coinage, textiles through the ages and much more. Events will also be filmed.

If you would like to be kept informed of future workshops, contact ARCH at info@archhighland.org.uk or 077888 35466.

   

 

 

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