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EVENTS - Summer Events 2010

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Living History and Experimental Archaeology    14th – 19th July

Timezone will be entertaining all comers to Bronze Age Bressay with their popular brand of living history. Visitors will be able to find out more about life in the Bronze Age and see the Burnt Mound being fired up and put to use.

This year, Timezone will be carrying out an experimental archaeology project over the six days which will investigate how burnt mounds might have been used in boat building. They will be attempting to build a small coracle from animal hides and locally sourced wood. They would welcome volunteers with experience of boat building.

Contact or call 07921316251 for information.

Site Open Day - Saturday 17th July
   10am – 4pm

Experience a slice of Bronze Age Life with events and activities around the Bressay Burnt Mound. See how Timezone are getting on with their boat building Bronze Age style! Enjoy a guided tour of the site, have a go at digging our practice trench, or just relax with a cuppa and some quality homebakes – there’s something for everyone…

Contact or call 07921316251 for information.

Living History Workshop – Sunday 18th July
   10am – 4pm

Volunteers who would like to gain an insight into Living History presenting are invited to come along and take this opportunity to have fun and learn some tricks of the trade from acknowledged experts Timezone.

Contact or call 07921316251 to book your place (Age 16+).

Weekends throughout the summer

PhD student Lauren Doughton is investigating the possible uses of burnt mounds. Throughout the summer, Lauren will be conducting experiments and tests at the burnt mound to try to find out what these enigmatic sites may have been used for.

The experiments are designed to explore whether it would be possible to carry out a range of activities at a burnt mound, and what sort of structures, locations and water sources would have been needed to do them. Activities include steam bending, skin preparation, wool washing, textile dying, cooking, fulling and even brewing!

To find out more or to get involved with some of the experimental firings, contact Lauren Doughton at

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