Ice Age Journeys YAC Leaders Training Day at Creswell Crags
This weekend many of our YAC leaders travelled to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire to learn all about the Late Upper Palaeolithic period (c. 50,000-10,000 BC).
We were invited to Creswell Crags by the team from Ice Age Journeys. Creswell Crags is home to a series of caves, which have evidence of human occupation from 43,000 BC.
Our leaders had a fantastic day, which began with a handling session with artefacts from the Late Upper Paleolithic found at Creswell and across the Continent.
After tea break, we split into two groups, one to try their hand at flint knapping and another to visit the famous Church Hole Cave, home to Britain’s oldest confirmed Palaeolithic cave art.
Once at Church Hole Cave, we had the opportunity to learn about the creation and discovery of some of the 23 known cave art examples from this particular cave (they are always looking for more). We saw a deer, bison and ibis carved into the walls of the cave. Can you see them in the pictures below (you can see bigger pictures in the album below)?
We finished our day learning about how to take our newfound knowledge about the Upper Late Palaeolithic and turn it into fun and informative sessions for our Young Archaeologists. This included, flint knapping with soap, making our own cave art with prints and hand-patterns, excavating Palaeolithic coprolites and having a go at Palaeolithic spear throwing with an atlatl.
We all had a great time and learnt a lot. If you are a leader or assistant leader and would like to come along to our next training day at Creswell Crags on April 4th 2020, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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