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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Archaeology fans are sure to really dig this Rotunda festival

A free one-day festival of archaeology promises to unearth a range of family activities at Scarborough's Rotunda museum this Saturday (16 July).

Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Activities include opportunities to try out various ancient crafts, including flintknapping, bone and antler working and fire by friction, with re-enactor James Dilley – all based in his Mesolithic deerskin hut. There will also be a skills demonstration of Paleolithic cave painting, Neolithic cheesemaking and animal bone identification, led by staff from the Unversity of York.

Drama workshops bringing the Stone Age to life – history with all the fun and the savage bits left in and a journey through pre-Roman Yorkshire with historian Dr Peter Edwards also feature along with Stone-Age-style coil-pot-making sessions and an uncovering the past session where participants excavate their own trowel led by Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society.

Rarely seen prehistoric objects from Scarborough Museums Trust’s archaeology store will be showcased.

Don Henson from the University of York will present a lecture on Global Warming and the Resettling of Britain after the Ice Age.

Entry to the Rotunda is free for the day to include all the Festival events.

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