Still time to enter our super stamp competition!
A brand-new set of eight stamps was released by the Royal Mail in January 2017. They celebrate the amazing prehistoric archaeology of the UK.
The stamps were designed by artist Rebecca Strickson. She has created beautiful 'overlay' illustrations, which show how prehistoric people lived and worked at the sites, and used the objects, which are shown on the stamps.
You can see Rebecca's stamp designs, and find out more about the objects and places that inspired the designs, under the information about our fab competition...
Thanks to our friends at the Royal Mail, we have got ten sets of Presentation Packs, First Day Covers and Postcards featuring the new stamp designs to give away!
You can find out more about these beautiful gifts on the Royal Mail website.
To enter this amazing competition, we want you to get creative! Simply design your own stamp based on archaeology or history. It could feature a person, a place or an object, and it could date to any period of history.
Use our downloadable stamp template to create your designs, and then send them into YAC HQ in one of the following two ways:
By post to: Stamp design competition, YAC HQ, Beatrice de Cardi House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ
By email (having scanned your entry as a jpeg or PDF) to: email@example.com
You need to be aged 16 or younger to enter.
The closing date is Sunday 5th March 2017.
GOOD LUCK! We're looking forward to seeing your stamp designs.
Here's an example for inspiration!
THE ROYAL MAIL PREHISTORIC STAMP COLLECTION:
Found: London, England
Dates to: c.350–50 BC
From: Iron Age
The Battersea shield was found in the River Thames in the 1850s. The bronze front of the shield is the only part which survives; originally it would have had a wooden back. It was made using four sheets of bronze and has three circular decorative panels, which were decorated with red enamel. It is on display in the British Museum.
Skara Brae Village
In: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Dates to: c.3100–2500 BC
In 1850, strong storms hit Orkney’s west coast. They revealed remains of prehistoric stone-walled houses. Middens (rubbish pits) surrounded the houses providing evidence about what the people who lived here used and ate. Each of the houses is roughly square, with a single entrance, a central fireplace, and furniture made of stone.
Star Carr Headdress
Found: Yorkshire, England
Dates to: c.9000 BC
Archaeological digs along the edge of what was once Lake Flixton have uncovered amazing Mesolithic archaeology. Finds from the site include worked stone, flint, bone, antler and wood. There were also more than 30 red deer skulls, which experts think had been turned into masks or some kind of headdresses.
Maiden Castle hill fort
In: Dorset, England
Dates to: c.400 BC
From: Iron Age
People may have been living at Maiden Castle since 3550 BC! The earthwork remains of the hill fort that can still be seen today, including ramparts and gateways, date to around 400 BC. It is the largest hill fort of its type in Britain.
Avebury stone circles
In: Wiltshire, England
Dates to: c.2500 BC
Avebury is Britain’s largest prehistoric ceremonial monument. It is made up of a huge bank, which was 5m high, with a ditch inside that was originally some 9m deep. Around the edge of the ditch was Britain’s largest stone circle, which would have been made up of 98 local sarsen stones. There were two further stone circles inside!
Found: County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Dates to: c.800 BC
From: Bronze Age
In 1840, four complete cast bronze horns were found in a bog in County Antrim. Experts think that they were thrown into the bog as offerings to the gods. Experiments show that these instruments would have made deep sounds when played, a bit like an Australian didgeridoo. The horns are now on display in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Grime's Graves flint mines
In: Norfolk, England
Dates to: c.2500 BC
Flint was used for making tools and weapons in prehistoric times. Deep shafts, some 6m across, were dug down to reach the good-quality flint. At Grime’s Graves, around 600 shafts are currently known, some up to 14m deep! The earliest known workings date to before 3000 BC, with use of the site continuing through to about 1900 BC.
Found: Flintshire, Wales
Dates to: c.1900–1600 BC
From: Bronze Age
This dazzling gold object was found by workmen in 1833. It was found with a burial in a stone-lined cist. The cape is just 46.5cm wide, so the wearer must have been young or of slight build. It was decorated with lines and dots that look like strings of beads and the folds of cloth. The cape is on display in the British Museum in London.
Did you know?
The Royal Mail has been making special stamps for more than 50 years? They mark anniversaries and celebrate important events, places and people.
There are about 2,500,000 stamp collectors in the UK and millions more across the rest of the world.
Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.