Year 3 welcome Prehistoric Visitors

Year 3 welcomed Ryan, visiting all the way from the Bronze Age (via Butser Ancient Farm). We were able to handle objects (both real and replica) that dated back nearly 5000 years. These included Bronze axes, flint axes, Beaker pots and a cattle shoulder blade shovel! Amy even managed to get a fantastic sound from a cow horn (the Bronze Age equivalent of a trumpet!) Whilst Marley tested out some ancient cow toe ice skates.

We made a fantastic noise blowing a cattle horn

We made a fantastic noise blowing a cattle horn

We handled real and replica Bronze Age objects

We handled real and replica Bronze Age objects

We had a go at making some bronze jewellery rings with great success. By twisting some copper wire using fingers and pliers we created some spiral masterpieces that any Bronze Age person would be happy to wear.

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We twisted wire to make Bronze Age rings

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We also learnt about Bronze Age burials and their grave goods. Recreating a grave, we looked at the reasons behind each object placed with the body and compared Bronze Age objects with their modern equivalents.

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A modern equivalent of Bronze Age burial

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We recreated a Bronze Age burial

 

We also welcomed Owain from Salisbury Museum to Year 3. By this point we were able to identify many of the artefacts he brought along, although there were still some new ones to learn about. We learnt how archaeologists investigate the past and by digging trenches. Then we each got an artefact to explore and write a report about including a special hammerstone from Stonehenge.