Stone Age Life at Gressenhall

On Tuesday 18th 2018, Diamond Class travelled to Gressenhall to experience what it would be like to be a Neolithic tribe. We were all extremely excited for the day ahead of us and the fun activities in store.

Then we walked in to the small chapel ready for an introduction to start off the day. We went back in time to the Neolithic period, 6,000 years ago! There were four activities: hunting, shelter building, treasure hunting and farming. We had a name for our tribe; we were called the ‘Golden Eagles’. I was feeling nervous and excited for the day ahead.

After the introduction, we went into the woods to learn about hunting and gathering. We were all given a stone-age artefact to look at. My item was a dagger made out of flint, wood and sinew. We were then taught how to hunt like a fierce, hungry caveman. I think everyone was I little surprised because the one-horned deer looked a bit like Mrs Rounce…weird. We stayed crouched down until we reached the deer and then KAPOW, supper sorted. We also grabbed a sharp spear and threw them at a wild boar.

After that activity, it was time to move onto the next one. The next activity was the treasure hunt that was upstairs. The task was to find all nine artefacts, which were hidden around the room so they were hard to find. Once we had found all of the artefacts we were given a tray with two pieces of flint on them. We had a little feel of them and then we were shown how to nap and polish flint.

After lunch we went to the woods to build our shelters. We felt wild boar skin; red deer skin. The red deer skin was my favourite because it was very fluffy! We were given three materials. Cordage, wood and animal skin (fake animal skin that is.) We built our shelters that were easy to make and easy to take down. Ours did both of those things and I am sure everyone else’s did.

Our final activity was farming. The first thing we had to do was use a Rip Ard plough to make lines in the field ready to make plants and grow crops. Once we had done that the next thing we had to do was hoeing. We had to remove all the stinging-nettles and dead plants ready to be planted. The final thing we had to do was make wheat by pushing down on the seeds. To make the wheat we used a quernstone to make the wheat. Making wheat was the women’s job only.

We then went back to the chapel to announce who the winners were. We won best treasure hunters. ‘My favourite part of the day was building the shelters,’ I said.

Gracie