Second Day of the Neolithic Activities

Three more schools came to our Neolithic Activities workshops yesterday. As well as taking part in some of the activities from Tuesday they also learnt how to do rope making, cob making and storytelling.

Rope making

It was great seeing the pupils get stuck into learning how to make rope from bramble. To be able to make the rope the children had to take the thorns off the bramble by hitting this with wood until the stem is weakened to be able to twist it. With the children working in pairs they twisted each end in opposite directions until it was ready to be doubled and twisted again to make rope.

A child hitting the bramble to remove the thorns.

A child hitting the bramble to remove the thorns.

Working in pairs to twist the bramble.

Working in pairs to twist the bramble.

Doubling  up the bramble to make rope.

Doubling up the bramble to make rope.

Cob Making

Cob making was undertaken in the house building sessions, it is a great workshop for pupils to learn how the walls for the Neolithic house are made. It is also a great way to get messy. The image below is the start of a new section which was done by Wilton Primary Campus pupils.

Wilton Primary Campus cob making.

Wilton Primary Campus cob making.

Storytelling

Luke from the Ancient Technology Centre led these sessions explaining about some of the earliest written stories from the Neolithic period with evidence found on wet clay with reed in Sumeria over 5,000 years ago.

The story that he told was “The debate between sheep and grain” and exploring the idea of what sheep can give us and what wheat can give us. After arguing for so long the Gods step in and decide that both should be brothers but wheat was more important to humans rather than sheep.

Luke telling the story of the debate between sheep and grain

Luke telling the story of the debate between sheep and grain

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