Saturday 21st July 2012
Mesolithic Activity Day
Over 200 people attended our Mesolithic activity day at King’s Manor in York.
As part of the Festival of British Archaeology everyone had the chance to find out all about Mesolithic archaeology. It was a free fun day of activities for young people & their families.
There were 7 activities, all inspired by Mesolithic archaeology:
- Timeline of the Mesolithic. Walk back into prehistory to find out when the Mesolithic really was. Just how long ago is 12,000 years?
- Footprints in the Sand. Make footprints and create a plaster-of-paris cast to take home. Find out all about Mesolithic footprints from the Severn Estuary and discover what archaeologists can learn about Mesolithic people from only their footprints.
- After the Ice. Have a go at our game to show what happens to land when it’s under tonnes of ice and see what happens to that land when the ice melts. Think about what the end of the Ice Age meant for people living at the beginning of the Mesolithic.
- Gone Fishing. How did Mesolithic people catch their fish? One way was to use specially designed fish traps. Make a fish trap based on a Mesolithic design to take home.
- Tools R Us. Mesolithic people used tiny stone tools called microliths. Try your hand at making them into hunter-gatherer tools.
- Who lived in a hut like this? Discover what archaeologists know about where Mesolithic people lived.
- Under the Sea: Find out how archaeologists find Mesolithic sites which were flooded by the sea. Can you work out what is buried under the water?
Everyone had a great day. You can find out what our feedback said by downloading the feedback report here.
Saturday 23rd June 2012
Festival of Ideas Fringe Event
There were Life in the Mesolithic activities as well as lots of other fun events at the HRC’s Festival Fringe Event. We all had a great time and the activities went down really well.
Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington East Campus