Heritage Days

On the 12th and 13th September to coincide with the national Heritage Days Digability held its own mini festival. We wanted to show students how archaeology can inspire other subjects as well as those relating to history. We had Giovanna Fregni come and build a furnace with three of our students the day before. They learnt how to prepare the clay lining with straw, clay and water and to dry out the clay we lit a small fire over which we cooked our lunch.

 

On Friday groups from Athersley, Catcliffe and Rotherham attended to take part in metal casting, plate making,  bones analysis and grave yard recording and painting. We also had a poet on hand to help the students write a poem.

The original  poem as constructed in under and hour on the day:

Graham made a dark white plate

when he rolled the clay his shoulders

felt like rowing a boat

Mandy’s favourite bone is white,

it’s a foot bone, and a coccyx is for sitting on.

Josie likes fingerbones, they are long

all the way to your wrist, then your elbow

Our bones go all the way from the skull

down to our skeletoes

David found David on a grave

Graham rubbed with a crayon where

people died

Tony rubbed in orange, his favourite colour

Paul rolled out a round plain plate,

and that made him feel nice.

________________________________________________

This is the version tweaked by Fay, our poet.

 

Bone Ceramic Stone

 

Paul rolled out a round plain plate,

Graham’s is dark white.

His shoulders, when he rolled the clay,

felt like rowing a boat.

 

David found David on a grave.

Graham rubbed a crayon where people died

and Tony rubbed in orange, his favourite colour.

 

Josie likes fingerbones, they are long

all the way to your wrist, and on to your elbow.

Mandy’s favourite is a white foot bone,

a coccyx is for sitting on, and our bones go

from our skulls down to our skeletoes.

 

Let us know which you like best.

 

On the Saturday there was the opportunity to take part in analyzing Flints, to make a mosaic and take part in a High Street Walk in Attercliffe led by Sarah Holland.

The two days were a great way to celebrate the project. Students dropped in and took part and helped each other with the activities. Staff were able to meet each other and swap ideas, sharing each others expertise and looking at how skills could be shared across the curriculum areas.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s