100,000 years back in time at Colchester YAC
Members of Colchester YAC took their time line back 100,000 years in January 2017 with the help of Colchester Archaeological Trust archaeologist Adam Wightman.
From neanderthals through two ice ages, our members soon realised the Stone Age was relatively recent.
Adam brought some flints to show the young archaeologists. One of these had been discovered in a local attic with just the label "Kent" on it. The archaeologists don't know anything about it! But from the hand-written label, they guess it was found in Kent.
Adam Wightman showed how the flint tool could have been used for many different purposes. It fitted very snugly into the hand and the "handle end" seemed to be worn with use. It was probably a much-used and highly prized tool in the Stone Age.
Having discussed the idea of early man and the animals they shared these islands with, the young archaeologists worked on illustratating their timeline.
Blog by Barbara Butler, Colchester YAC leader
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