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Festival of Archaeology Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm
July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come and visit a dig in Cotesbach Manor garden. Lutterworth Fieldworking and Archaeological Group will be on hand to show finds. To get involved with the dig please contact us.
We have some children’s activities including Iron Age pot-making, metal-detecting, Whose poo?, hand-grinding corn (using a replica quern), pottery identification game, rebuild the crock and wattle and daub making. The activities cover a broad time range from pre-Roman to present day.
Iron Age pot-making: adding temper such as straw, shell or grit to the clay then making a simple coil pot. Air-drying clay so they can take the pot home on the day.
Metal-detecting: Using a detector to find metal objects, differentiating between different metals, handling metal finds from previous excavations.
Whose poo?: Analysing replica poos to find biofacts – seeds, bones etc to distinguish between Roman, Viking or Tudor poo.
Hand-grinding corn: Using a replica quern to understand the labour involved in making flour by hand.
Pottery ID game: Test of logic and observational skills to sort 10 different pottery sherds
Rebuild the crock: A very large Irish egg crock (now in about 10 pieces) can be reconstructed against the clock; a 3D jigsaw!
Wattle and daub making: Building a wattle and daub panel, putting together the wattle (woven wood) then mixing the daub (clay, straw, soil, water, sterilized manure) and applying to the wattle; a technique used from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.
This is a free event, but donations are welcome! www.festival.archaeologyuk.org