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Ancient Craft Day at Avalon Archaeology

Discover the crafts of the past with our experienced archaeologist on a journey through time.

You will get to try your hand at ancient woodworking, making a pinch pot and weaving.

Wood was one of the first materials to be worked by our ancient ancestors, along with stone, mud, and even animal bones. Spears, carved wooden vessels, tree-trunk coffins, animal statues, even folding chairs are amongst the first examples of wooden craftwork.

Pinch pots date back over 17,000 years. They were crafted using a simple pinching technique for quickly making a vessel.

The basic process of weaving branches and twigs together can be traced back to Neolithic times, 12,000 years ago. Interlaced twigs or branches were used for making baskets, fences or shelters. Later the Vikings used looms to weave wool or linen for clothing and boat sails.

More To Explore

During your visit explore the richly decorated reconstructed Roman dining-room and the Anglo-Saxon longhall. Filled with hand crafted furniture and art, you will immerse yourself in thousands of years of heritage. There is also a reconstructed Viking ship and Iron Age roundhouse under construction.

More To Do

After your visit, you can make use of the Marshes Hub Tea Stop and visit the Somerset Crafts gallery in the Avalon Marshes Centre. You can also journey onto Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and see replica wooden prehistoric trackways. Read more on the Avalon Marshes Centre website.

Key information

COST

£12 per person. You will need a ticket for everyone in your group. Suitable for age 7+

DATE AND TIME

Tuesday 27 August, 10:00, and 1:30

WHERE

Avalon Archaeology at the Avalon Marshes Centre

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ORGANISED BY

South West Heritage Trust

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