Back to Prehistory

Back to Prehistory

Step back thousands of years to British Prehistory!

Britain has one of the most fascinating prehistoric pasts of any country in the world. For a tiny island the evidence of our ancient ancestors is all around us. This is particularly true in Sussex, where worked flint, hill forts and traces of villages have all been found. 

During this Topic Day, students will be able to handle real prehistoric artefacts from local excavations and investigate what life was like before written records began.

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What was it like to live in a Bronze Age village?

Archaeology is all about discovering the answer to questions. During this session handle both real and replica artefacts from prehistory and discover the clues they give us for this ancient time. Find out about the crafts, food, houses and jobs of a Bronze Age village and imagine what it would have been like to grow up there.

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Prehistoric Pottery

Pottery was one of the main containers of prehistory and used for both practical and artistic purposes. In this session have a look at real pottery from thousands of years ago, before trying your hand at experimental archaeology and creating a prehistoric press pot.

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Magic Mirrors

Iron Age mirrors are one of the biggest enigmas of prehistory. Decorated in La Tene art they are thought to hide mysterious images of plants, animals and faces. What can you see in the patterns? Can you create your own hidden image?

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Flint Identification and Knapping

Sussex was one of the hubs of prehistoric flint production. In this session see how good your identification skills are and find out how these tools were made.

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Build a Round House

The roundhouse would have been the heart of may prehistoric communities. Find out how they were made and have a go at the skills needed in their construction.

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Hunting and Tracking Games

During prehistory hunting and tracking would have been the school room for boys and girls. Every one needed to know how to catch their dinner and how to identify which plants to eat. How good would you have been?