Chance To Visit The Stone Age Dorset Site Discovered On TV

By Ben Miller | 15 January 2009
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A picture of a hand holding up a piece of stone in front of woodland

Academics and television crews will be showing off Stone Age artefacts in Blandford this weekend

Budding archaeologists will get the chance to meet celebrity diggers this weekend and try flint-knapping and hurdle-making at the Dorset site where a television programme uncovered Stone Age treasures.

Julian Richards, star of BBC2’s Meet The Ancestors, will be giving a talk about the 5,000-year-old findings at The Blandford School in Dorset, which has seen a surge of archaeological interest as flint tools, pits and ditches indicating prehistoric occupation have been excavated over the past fortnight.

A picture of children and adults working on grass to find archaeological treasures

Young enthusiasts from the school worked with local museums and experts at the site

Visitors will also be able to see finds from the project, attempt interactive excavations in training boxes led by tutors from Blandford Museum and handle artefacts from Dorset County Museum.

“We as a school are very excited by this project, which has provided staff and students with a unique opportunity to learn more about our local heritage,” said Bruce Hansen of The Blandford School, whose Archaeology Club members have been helping with the dig.

A picture of supervised children digging at a sandpit in a tent

Visitors will have the chance to try out virtual digging this weekend

“The involvement of our feeder schools and other local organisations has helped to strengthen community links and given those involved a rich and rewarding experience. For our Archaeology Club members, the project has offered a fantastic hands-on experience with specialist tutorage by experts in the field.”

Tours of a replica prehistoric homestead will be on offer, along with food and refreshments. Students are currently creating a film and report on the findings to be shown at the museum.

Runs 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday (January 17 & 18). Call The Blandford School on 01258 451121 or email office@blandford.dorset.sch.uk for more details.

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