Friday, 3 June 2011

Archaeology in our locality

Today Caroline Wickham-Jones came back to our class to see how we were getting on with our mural.
We have almost finished adding important sites and finds to it and we think it looks good as well as being really interesting and full of information.

The mural on display.
 Class 1F have been finding out about castles so they have added some drawings of castles in Orkney. P4/5 have been finding out about Vikings so they have added really interesting and detailed information about Viking finds. We think it will be a useful focus for lots of classes. The mural could be used to display lots of different things in the future like clothing or food through the ages, so we hope it will be used again and again, and help everyone understand when things happened and places were made.

Paleoloithic hand axe.
Caroline showed us the paleolithic hand axe and explained that it was 100,000 years old or more. The people who made and used it woudl know what mammoths looked like and probably what they tasted like too! She explained that it is difficult to know where it came from originally even though it has been found in Orkney.

We are working hard to finish our digital map of the archaeology around our school and to design an interpretation board for the Picky Mound.
The digital map will have a lot of the information we found out about by investigating sites at the archives, the museum and with archaeologists on site visits.

Copy of the original watercolour from the 19th century excavation of the Grain Earth House at Hatston.
You can see the original at the Archives.

Detail of the Ayre Mills section of our tour.

The Peedie Sea or Peerie Sea or Oyce has changed a lot.

Our display shows the planes lost in Kirkwall Bay.

Did you know about St Duthac's Chapel or the Pickaquoy Mound?

Keep checking our digital map as we add more information.

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