Prehistory

An fascinating day investigating the world of  Prehistoric Britain before the introduction of iron. The workshops will emphasise the use of archaeological evidence to learn about people in the past.

  • Most workshops are also suitable as an informal workshop for families.
  • Formal learning workshops support the History Curriculum.
  • Sun Jester can provide any timetable from a single session to a full day’s programme of activities with extensive cross-curricular links.
  • The sessions have a duration of one hour with a capacity of up to 30 participants dependent on available space. An entire year group can usually be accommodated during a day.
  • The sessions are led by experienced, professional and enthusiastic interpreters (holding Enhanced CRB Disclosure Certificates), offering
    a full interactive opportunity for all.
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FOR TEACHERS!!

One Million Years of Tool Use – Object Handling

A demonstration and guide exploring how to use real, or reproduction, prehistoric tools and artefacts to show how people made things, how they lived and interacted with their surroundings.

Stone tools represent the earliest evidence for human technology, i.e. the first attempts by human beings to exploit natural resources for their own use. Changes in tool design, and the introduction of new materials like metals, can be used to chart social and environmental changes, and the migration of people, ideas and materials throughout Prehistory. History and archaeology are about real people and real lives, and evidence about these is clear to see in objects from the past if you know how to look.

Graham and Towse of Sun Jester will show you how to use resources creatively while adding to your own store of knowledge and understanding. The study of Prehistory has changed dramatically over the last decade and continues to evolve as archaeological sciences become more sophisticated. Sun Jester endeavour to keep up to date with current research and interpretation, so we can help you bring up to date knowledge to your classroom.

 

CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

One Million Years of Tool Use

Introduces the materials used to manufacture tools by prehistoric humans during the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, from the earliest evidence for Human occupation in Britain to the Roman Invasion. Identify the key evidence for human activity when considering stone technology, how to decide if a piece of flint has been worked by Human hands. Experience a demonstration of flint knapping and create a simple tool from a piece of flint in the classroom.

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Prehistoric Survival Skills

Investigate the essential skills required by our hunter gatherer ancestors during and after the last Ice Age. Experiment with different methods of making fire, experience a demonstration of flint knapping and create a simple tool from a piece of flint in the classroom. Investigate the use of natural materials to fashion cordage and glue, look at how to make a piece of string from plant fibres.

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First Farmers: Tool Use in the Neolithic

Using real and replica objects to introduce the materials used to manufacture tools during the New Stone Age and examine the sources of raw materials available during the Neolithic and the implications for trade and interaction. Identify the changing needs in tool design caused by the introduction of agriculture and the evidence for the spread of agriculture in Britain.

Cave Paintings

Using European examples to look at various decorative styles from Prehistory. Examine different techniques of painting and carving designs in stone and engage in a discussion about the possible meaning of cave art. Discover the natural materials used to make pigments, create a piece of cave art.

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Era of Metal: The Bronze Age

Examining the stone and metal tools used during the Bronze Age using our own collection of original and replica objects. Investigating the technological development of copper and bronze tools during this period, looking at how the use of metal slowly gained ascendancy over the use of stone. Also looking at how changes in the production of metal artefacts reflect changes in society during the Bronze Age and examines the sources of raw materials used during the Bronze Age and the implication for trade during the period.

 

Early Bronze Age Burials

In 2013 the national press reported the discovery of a “Prehistoric Queen” in the Kingsmead Quarry Beaker Burial (currently displayed in the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum), which is a very well preserved example of an Early Bronze Age burial. The people of the Beaker culture were the first to use metals in Britain. This workshop compares the Kingsmead Burial to other Beaker Culture burials in different parts of Britain and investigates what they can tell us about the person buried there and the material culture that they lived in. Using replica bones and objects from the Bronze Age, we construct a burial to form the basis of our investigation. Children would be handling replica objects and using their investigative skills in discussion.

 

Beads and Spirals: Bronze Age Jewellery

During the Bronze Age, the Spiral is a recurring theme in art and design throughout Europe, appearing in pottery, rock carving and jewellery. This workshop investigates the use of spirals for decoration in the Bronze Age with particular reference to jewellery. Investigate the materials used to create jewellery in The Bronze Age, examine various forms of personal adornment and made a piece of copper jewellery, using Bronze Age techniques.

 

Prehistoric Rock Art

Investigate the decorative rock carvings of Prehistoric Britain and examine the wide range of symbols and patterns used during the period, then and engage in a discussion about their possible meaning. Discover the techniques used to create the artworks and design your own rock art.

 

Coins, Kings and Hillforts – The Iron Age

Examining the metal tools used during the Iron Age using our own collection of original and replica objects. This session introduces the materials used to manufacture tools during the Iron Age and explains the technology of manufacturing iron tools. Examine the design of British coins and investigate their significance in a barter-based society and make a reproduction Iron Age coin.