January 2017: Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club

On Saturday (21st January), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met for their first session of 2017 here at the Roman circus centre.

Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… The Colchester YAC took their time-line back 100,000 years at their first meeting of 2017. They were pleased to have the help of Trust archaeologist Adam Wightman. From Neanderthals through two Ice Ages, the young people learned that the Stone Age was relatively recent. Adam brought some flints for us to handle. One of the flints had been discovered in a local attic with only the label “Kent”to identify it. Adam explained how such a flint tool could be used for all sorts of uses. It would have fitted beautifully into someone’s hand and it seemed to be worn down with use. Some of the YAC members have found interesting things when beach-combing, especially on the coast near Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton on Sea, and they were very keen to bring them in to our next meeting to show Adam, if he is able to join us again. Having grasped the idea of “early man”, the cave paintings which those people made and the animals which they shared these islands (Britain) with, and looked at maps to see the changing coastline and “Dogger”, the young people set to illustrating the time-line. Their drawings were pegged on to the time-line to illustrate the approximate stages of human and animal life …’.

The images show the YAC session on Saturday: handling flints with Adam; working on the time-line; and a new drawing for the time-line.


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