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
Click on the pictures for a slide show
Osteology – What can skeletons tell us about the past?
Lectures in the discovery centre
Young archaeologists in the craft area
Protoarchaeologist explains ancient metallurgy
Squishing Clay from Woolley Wood to build the furnace
Everyone works together to make the bricks to build the furnace. We discussed Chinese politics – we are a high brow lot!
Building the furnace. This was Durrell One. Sadly she collapsed a bit later, so we built Durrell Two.
Durrell Two gets a face courtesy of Joe. The fire we have lit to dry her out is monitored carefully. Sometimes with marshmallows.
Youth workers making iron
We add iron ore and charcoal. The bellows pump air into the furnace to get it up to 1250C, which is hot enough to turn the iron ore into metallic iron. Yvette seals the cracks that appear in the furnace.
The bellows need to be worked for the whole day.
Lunch on the Lost Gateway and a cat.
One of Jason Thomson’s sculptures nearby.
Durrell Two in the woods.
Archaeologists at work
Yvette explains the tapping process. We are going to get the iron out of the furnace.
Durrell Two gives birth to a lot of Iron!
A large lump of Iron. Some of the most we have ever had! This will be worked with a forge and anvil at Light up the Hill on November 18th or the Bluebell Festival next May.
Half term Activities
Woolley Woods Iron Smelting
Book Now! Free – open to young people aged 11-25.
Only 8 places available
Tuesday 28 th and Wednesday 29th October
10am – 4pm (set up from 9am)
If you would like to join us – please download booking forms here
Half term Iron Smelting details pdf
Half term Iron Smelting details word document
Ancient Oak to Sheffield Steel