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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.

To find out how 10,000 Years BC can assist you with the understanding of our early Stone Age prehistory, please check our What We Do page.


 

Most of our school work is now 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.

 

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

 


CoVid-19 update

 

Our current workshop format is unlikely to be appropriate for the Autumn term, due to social distancing requirements, and related changes to school working routines.

We are developing a different mode of supporting children's learning about The Stone Age.

Existing clients will be e-mailed this term about our proposed alternative.

If you have not previously booked 10,000 Years BC and would like to find out more, please contact us.

 

Please check our What We Do page for further details of our workshops.

 


Spear thrower
Palaeolithic garments
Handling Collection
Cave Bear skeleton
Projectiles
Decorated
Spear
thrower

Red deer
skin
clothing
for the
late
Ice Age

A selection of replica artefacts from
our handling collection
Model Cave
Bear skeleton
Spear, Harpoon
& Dart

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. Most of our work is now based in the North West region, especially Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Wirral, Warrington, Merseyside and North Staffordshire, but 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.

 

Flint KnappingSmilodon best day ever


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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