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10,000 Years BC - Palaeolithic (Stone Age) prehistory workshops for schools


10,000 Years BC uses authentic-looking late Ice Age hunter-gatherer garments made from red deer skin, based on known evidence of Palaeolithic lifestyles, and Stone Age tools and techniques.

In our KS2 workshop sessions and other presentations we display quality replica prehistoric tools, weapons and artefacts of flint, bone, wood and antler for handling and discussion. Many of our artefacts are hafted to demonstrate their original appearance and function - they are not lifeless lumps of stone locked away behind glass. We are firm believers in putting the past in your hands.

 


Our school work is based in the North West region, especially Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral, and North Staffordshire.

It is usually necessary to book our half-day KS2 Archaeology & Prehistory workshops at least a full school term in advance.

 


Update - Autumn Term 2020

 

Our current live workshop format is unlikely to work in the Autumn term, due to social distancing requirements, and related changes to classroom routines that will limit or prevent group work and shared artefact handling in a single half day. Schools may also decide to restrict the use of day visitors, for understandable reasons.

We are therefore developing a different mode of supporting children's learning about The Stone Age, involving full video recordings of our workshop sessions, weekly artefact box loans and multimedia support materials licensed for use on your ICT network. There will be significant links to the content of the popular children's book Stone Age Boy.

Loan boxes will be sealed and unused for at least 5 days prior to delivery to the school on Fridays. Workshop specific videos will be site licenced for four weeks, and all other learning materials will carry an unlimited site licence.

The price of this alternative will be substantially lower than for our usual live sessions. All bookings are considered provisional in case you have to postpone or cancel, and no deposit is required.

Existing school contacts from previous bookings have already been e-mailed this term about the new scheme. If your school has previously booked us but you have not yet seen our e-mail, please contact us using a workplace e-mail account if possible.

 

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A small selection of the items featured in our loan box and multimedia support package.
Many are new for 2020-21.

 

If you have not previously booked a 10,000 Years BC live workshop, the artefact loan box and multimedia support materials are still available.
If would like to find out more, please contact us.

 


Spring Term 2021

 

We are hoping to resume our live workshops at some point in the Spring Term and are already taking bookings. They usually run until the end of March, but we can extend beyond this if required.

If the live format is not possible during the Spring Term, the loan box with workshop video and multimedia support materials will be offered to existing clients as an alternative. If the live workshop has not previously run in your school, the loan box and multimedia support materials will be offered.

All bookings are considered provisional in case you have to postpone or cancel, and no deposit is required.

Please check our What We Do page for further details of our live workshop format.

 


For a list of selected links, resources and downloads for distance learning during Summer term 2020 school closures
please visit our
Resources Page

 


PRIMARY TEACHERS: Need some help with the Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age element of KS2 History?

Our KS2 Archaeology & Prehistory workshops have run in over 120 different primary schools, and thanks to repeat bookings we estimate that we have worked with over 10,000 children so far. Our work is based in the North West region, especially Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Wirral, Warrington, Merseyside and North Staffordshire, and we have worked further afield in previous years. We have run conference sessions on The Stone Age for teachers and other heritage educators, specifically with SHP at the British Museum, and with The Historical Association at their annual conferences and their regional History forums. We have an active role in teacher training and curriculum design in the NW region and beyond.

We visit you and work with your class in your classroom - no coaches to organise or school trip paperwork to complete! You won't even need to book the school hall. We are a husband and wife team, both qualified teachers with extensive Primary and Secondary teaching experience. We know how to work effectively in the familiar surroundings of a classroom with children, teachers, and learning support staff, and within the spirit of the latest National Curriculum. We provide participating schools with preparation notes before the workshop, a unique site licenced multimedia Prehistory resource pack after each session, and can offer practical advice on how to follow up our visit to the children's best advantage.

See What We Do for more details about how we can help you to kick start your KS2 History curriculum.

 

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Adieu Bernard Ginelli, et Merci Beaucoup: On our most recent visit to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil we were saddened to hear belatedly that veteran flint knapper Bernard Ginelli had passed away in November 2018 following a short illness, aged 72. Most of our flint replica tools were crafted by Bernard in his Palaois workshop in the village, situated opposite the Abri Pataud rock shelter, and open since 1990. Bernard developed his craft, some might say art, with Dr Francois Bordes, the pre-eminent French archaeologist, and the quality and variety of his work was apparent in the many artefacts he displayed and sold in his workshop. Bernard was also highly skilled with the propulseur (spear thrower) - a true Stone Age man in so many respects! Bernard's replica artefacts have been studied and handled by around 10,000 schoolchildren in the UK, and a considerable number of teachers, during our workshops and training courses since 2014. We can only hope that some of those children will choose to tread the same path into the past that Bernard Ginelli followed during his lifetime, and will go on to inspire others in the same way that he has done.

Bernard Ginelli
Bernard Ginelli
(1947-2018)

For more information about Bernard's unique life and work, please take a moment to visit the Palaois website.

 


Palaeofacts: Did you know that the Palaeolithic (or 'Old' Stone Age), starting with the first known use of stone tools over 3 million years ago and coinciding with the Pleistocene Ice Ages, accounts for 99.6% of our tool-using past? Whilst other enactors and museums may offer prehistory workshops from the Neolithic or later, we go right back to our lengthy hunter-gatherer heritage. This forms the ideal pre-agricultural starting point for a KS2 History curriculum that requires children to understand the changes that occurred between the Stone Age and Iron Age.

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