‘Sunshine, Smoke and a Swamp’ the Festival of Archaeology at the Avalon Marshes Centre

 

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Prehistoric life at the Avalon Marshes Centre

Prehistoric life at the Avalon Marshes Centre

Celtic face carving

Celtic face carving

Iron Age round house

Iron Age round house

The glorious weather last Saturday saw visitors to the Avalon Marshes Centre enjoy a range of activities, part of the ‘Festival of Archaeology 2015’.

Families experienced life in an Iron Age roundhouse which was a little smoky that day! Once their eyes got used to the dark they could see the newly carved chairs, the bed with its carved ‘Celtic faces’ and the weaving loom. Much of the wood-working has been carried out by volunteers at the centre, under the supervision of archaeologists from the South West Heritage Trust. The replica canoes resting in the ‘swamp’ showed how prehistoric people navigated the inland water of the levels.

Prehistoric pottery making

Prehistoric pottery making

Wick Barrow beakers

Wick Barrow beakers

The Hinkley Point Archaeology Outreach team were on hand to talk about the recent excavations and show off the wonderful replica beakers copied from originals found inside Wick Barrow.  Children were able to make prehistoric style pinch pots and there was a demonstration of pole lathing and wood turning.

Going by the positive feedback a good day was had by all!

“Had a lovely time!  Lots of interesting interactive activities and very friendly people.  Thank you!!

Jennifer, Bristol.

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Saxon wood-working demonstration

Saxon wood-working demonstration

Building material from Cannington Roman villa which will be used for building the replica dining room at the Avalon Marshes Centre.

Building material from Cannington Roman villa which will be used for building the replica dining room at the Avalon Marshes Centre.

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