Category Archives: Archaeology

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If you missed the Roots of Iron Heritage Skills Open Day on July 9th then have a look at this brilliant little video and catch up with some fabulous demonstrations with commentary from the archaeology students who braved the torrential rain to set up a bloomery forge in the chapel gardens.  From bronze and copper work to flint-napping and pottery the Iron Age way, it’s a joy to watch.  Watch out also for the excellent camera work and interviewing skills of the youngest member of our film crew.

Roots of Iron youtube Heritage Skills Open Day

And this wraps up a wonderful two year project funded by the National Lottery ( Heritage Lottery Young Roots ).  The project involved 777 young people aged 11 – 25 and many more besides. Many, many thanks to anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket! We’re all winners.

But  – We will be Lighting Up the Hill again on Tuesday 15th November 2016, leaving the chapel at 5pm to walk through the woods and up the hill by lamplight.  Look out for details of additional community workshops and activities throughout October. And see you there   .

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Celebration Heritage Skills Day

Rain did not stop play…

Despite the dismal downpour early on the day of our Celebration Day on July 11th, a host of enthusiastic archaeology students descended on Wincobank to share with local people their skills and knowledge.  Setting up a bloomery beneath blue tarps they set out about stoking the forge and melting down bronze to cast into replica Bronze Age axe heads. Elsewhere in the gardens there was open fire cooking and a shelter building challenge for younger children.  Meanwhile, indoors there was a remarkably tasty Roman Feast to be consumed, pottery to be made and a rolling programme of  films made by other groups during the Roots of Iron project.  The final task was for everyone to burn their names, in ancient Celtic Ogham  script, into the commemorative bench that will be installed deep in Wincobank Woods to remind us all for years to come of this fantastic project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rekindling ancient footsteps – help us Light up the Hill!

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It’s getting to that time of year again when the people of Wincobank don sturdy shoes and grab a lantern to celebrate one of Sheffield’s great ancient monuments – Wincobank Iron Age Hillfort.

To be part of the fun, Roots of Iron will be running the following activities for young people:

  • Theatre Workshops. Work with light and sound and be part of making make the procession magical!

  • Blacksmithing WorkshopsTry your hand at smithing and make Wincobank ring with the sound of the anvil again! Make something to take home and be proud of.

  • Lantern workshops. Make your own lantern for the procession. it could be a lantern for someone little to carry or a huge sculpture: the choice is yours!

Most activities will happen at Half term and be based at Wincobank Chapel.

Details to follow in the next day or two – if you have any questions email catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk, or ring 0114 2736199

Archaeology and Ale – Come and join us!

Thursday 27th August 5.45pm at the Red Deer Pub, Pitt Street, Sheffield

Through the Woods and under the Earth

Fun ways to learn about Sheffield’s landscape history

I will be talking a bit about how we have helped people enjoy and understand the natural and archaeological heritage in the city, and then the audience will be able to have a go at some activities themselves. You should all be able to take something home! 🙂

For information about Archaeology and Ale please click here

Catherine

The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods

An Audio Adventure & Guided Walk in Ecclesall Woods.

Young people and archaeology students have been working with Grow theatre and SCC to put together the Audio Adventure. Embark on an amazing audio adventure through time, take a guided walk to discover stories of Ecclesall Woods and learn how archaeology can teach us how to understand the past: songs, stories and incredible facts for all the family!

Click on this link for details

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Photos from Woodland Heritage Day

Archaeology in the City put on a couple of thoroughly enjoyable days!

This two-day festival was a celebration of local research and local heritage and offered the public an opportunity to join in with some free hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks, held in and around the Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods. Both days were a great success with around 1200 visitors joining us over the two days. Thanks to both the public and all the volunteers (and the sunshine) for making this such a wonderful two days!

Link to their page here

Click on the pictures for a slide show

Woodland Heritage Festival 25th – 26th May

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The fabulous archaeology students from the University of Sheffield are putting on a free family event at Ecclesall Woods. Get hands-on with cutting edge experimental archaeology!


This two-day festival is a celebration of local research and local heritage which offers the public an opportunity to join in with free hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks, held in and around the Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods. Regular 15-minute presentations within the Discovery Centre running alongside the ongoing events throughout the two day festival.

Archaeology:

‘Q-pit’excavations have recently taken place in Ecclesall woods: see their discoveries first hand and ask the excavators about it and be a part of further understanding white coal production.

Zooarchaeology:

How have native animals shaped our landscape and diets? Look at animal bones with our researchers.

Osteology:

Come and learn how osteologists understand past population health, diet and lifestyles from human remains.

Arts and crafts:

Get hands-on with our ancient local industries and participate in Iron Age furnace building, iron smelting, bronze casting, basket weaving and pottery making and firing.

Traditional music:

Performances will take place throughout the event. Find out about our local musical heritage by talking with the musicians.

Digital humanities:

Access your local and national heritage from your own living room. Find out how you and your family can get involved in future archaeological explorations in and around Sheffield with 3D artifact modeling.

For the kids:

There will also be a series of activities running throughout the two days for younger children as well, this will include pottery making, sand pit excavations, den building, archaeological trails and history comic book colouring in.

For timetable of events Click Here

For the facebook event Click Here

 

Why Bluebells are worth celebrating

Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood
Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood

The bluebells are performing for the Bluebell Festival on Saturday. Hooray!

Carpets of bluebells are unique to the British Isles. They are what’s known as ‘indicator species’ for ancient woodland, as it takes hundreds of years for large populations of bluebells to form beneath the tree canopy. It is an intriguing thought that the first bluebell in Woolley Woods my have grown during the English Civil War, or even as the glaciers were retreating from Great Britain after the last Ice Age.

Whether Woolley wood’s bluebells are 350 or 10,000 years old, they are precious, beautiful and unique, and are worth looking after.

See you on Saturday!

Catherine

Wildnerness Skills – Extra Day Added

We will now be running Wilderness Skills  from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th February

Would you like to learn how to use a bow drill to light a fire? Or preserve a deer skin or make smoked fish? We are having fun with these and other ancient arts on Wincobank Hill this half term. Come and join us for Wilderness Skills!

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If you would like to book on. ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199, or you can download the booking form by clicking:

Info and Booking form wilderness

Send completed booking forms to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk

February Half Term Activities – Come and join us!

Would you like to learn how to use a bow drill to light a fire? Or preserve a deer skin or make smoked fish? We are having fun with these and other ancient arts on Wincobank Hill this half term. Come and join us for Wilderness Skills!

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If you would like to book on. ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199, or you can download the booking form by clicking:

Info and Booking form wilderness

Send completed booking forms to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk