Stone Age Family Fun week

Learn Stone Age history at Abbey Museum

Meet Ugg, our Stone Age hero from Skara Brae.

The Stone Age period, or neolithic era, was very significant time in man’s evolution as this was the period in history when man first started using technology.  When we say technology,  we don’t mean items such as Ipads, or drones or sat navs of course.  Instead, by technology we mean basic implements that we might probably under estimate today.  These implements or technology helped to provide solutions to problems. The problems that Stone Age people encountered were slightly different to problems that we encounter today, however, this type of technology  became vital to man’s survival and  progression and included rocks, sticks, string and bone. We’d like to introduce you to Ugg, who lived in a beautiful stone age village known as  Skara Brae, located in Scotland’s Orkney Islands a long, long time ago.  Approximately 3000BC!

Ugg very clever! Ugg make string from flax. String not big thing today. Modern man have duct tape, who need string? String big step for man. String tie two things together. String tie pointy thing to …

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Paper masks

The oriental origin of paper

The history of paper.

Often it is the simple things that we take for granted that make all of the difference to history, and one of them is paper. How many sheets containing written information are on your desk, in your house or even in your bag?  Then there is all of the other uses we put paper to in our lives, cleaning, ticketing, containing, wrapping; the list (on paper of course) is nearly endless.  It is one of the inventions that made its way from China to the West via the amazing conduit of ideas, ideal and objects:  The Silk Road.

In the ancient and medieval world the paperless office was a real thing. Papyrus, as used by the ancient Egyptians, was nearly paper…sort of! The big problem with papyrus is that it is fragile, and the older it gets the more fragile it becomes, making it unsuited for long term storage of writings, which is presumably why it never replaced parchment in Europe. Other cultures used strips of bamboo or timber (China, India), bark (Russia and Meso-America) …

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Junior Archaeologists Club

Hands-on Fun for Junior Archaeologists!

Junior Archaeologists celebrate as the Abbey Museum’s Junior Archaeologist Club (JAC) is two years old this term.

All Junior Archaeologists agree, time flies when you’re having fun! Here is a bit of an update on what we have been doing lately! Each term we look at a different theme or culture relating to the displays in the Abbey Museum. This year our Junior Archaeologists have explored Vikings, Egyptians, Romans and this term, it’s all about Archaeology.

At Junior Archaeologists club we like to get hands-on!

Week 1 saw our Junior Archaeologists exploring the Museum, discussing tools an archaeologist might use and what they might discover. We excavated a mini archaeological dig, and even played a game with a prehistoric American theme! In Week 2, we investigated the diet of prehistoric Americans (whilst examining coprolites), Vikings and Ancient Romans! We discussed how useful wheat is and even tried crushing it into flour. We planted our own wheat seeds, and although they have been stricken by …

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