We had a fantastic launch to our new topic. We went to the Bristol Museum and had a workshop all about being archaeologists. We handled some Stone Age hand axes and looked at some Bronze Age axes and arrows. We found out about how they were made and what they were used for.
Here are some facts that learnt….
Palaeolithic is the word we use to describe the old Stone Age- that is between 4000 and 1 million years ago. These people used stones to hammer flint into sharp triangles. They then used them to kill animals, crush bones and cut the skin to make clothes.
Neolithic is the word we use to describe the New Stone Age. These people were more advanced and started farming and growing crops. They made their hand axes much sharper by shaping them with sand and water. They also attached the sharp stones to wooden sticks to make spears.
The Bronze Age came after the Stone Age and was around 3700bc to 500bc. This is when people discovered that you could put rock into a fire to melt the bronze. Then you could mould the bronze into different shapes. We looked at some Bronze Age arrows, axes and mounds. They also started to make jewellery and pins with bronze.
We got to look at some of these objects and we’re looking forward to finding out even more!
See below for some pictures of our day…