|19 September 2009
Bronze Age festival at Maiden Castle
A Bronze Age house is to be built at Maiden Castle (Dorset, England) as part of a 'living history' weekend. Visitors will have their chance to try their hand at the ancient construction skills during the Bronze Age festival. The activity has been added to the attractions at the event on the historic hillfort just outside Dorchester this Saturday and Sunday.
Sarah Harbige, who is the South Dorset Ridgeway Heritage Project Officer, said the aim of the event was to give people an insight into the area thousands of years ago. "Join in and build a Bronze Age house, throw a spear and there's even a chance to make your own Bronze Age pottery beaker with Bill Crumbleholme, the Beaker Folk Potter." Children can try archaeological investigation work for themselves with archaeologist Chris Tripp at Xcavate!
The festival takes place from 10am to 4pm each day. and entry is free. Car parking at Maiden Castle is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk or cycle. There will also be a free shuttle bus running from Dorchester South Train Station to Maiden Castle. People must book in advance to ensure places 01305 228241 for the pottery sessions and children's archaeology.
Sources: Daily Echo, Dorset Echo (17 September 2009)
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