Durrington Walls 2006
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The English Heritage guided Stonehenge Environment Project, included a living history display and demonstrations, together with access to several of the ongoing archeaological digs being done in the area.
The Age of Bronze is a Society which experiments with the Living History of the Bronze Age, showing and explaining the life to the Public.
They appeared in 2006 at Durrington Walls, very near Woodhenge and not far from Stonehenge, over the late August Bank Holiday weekend and the 9th & 10th September 2006.
This is a huge henge site, being excavated by teams of archaeologists from several universities as part of a larger Stonehenge Environment Project, they have found a "very interesting" square structure of Neolithic date, which should increase our understanding of very early construction.
For information about the Project take a look
at the 2005 report :-
The site was visited by the Time Team a couple of years ago. An important prehistoric ceremonial route has been found from the adjacent river Avon to Stonehenge. Certainly the whole feature has the feel of an amptheatre, with a massive chalk wall around a rising valley.
Evidence of feasting has been found, so this was probably the location of the catering concessions, with young pigs being a house speciality!
It is famous for "Grooved Ware" a late Neolithic/early Bronze Age style of pottery - with decorations consisting of (you guessed it!) grooves.
The Age of Bronze activities included the construction of a dwelling, artifact displays, food preparation, cooking (feasting!) and archery.
To find out more about the Age of Bronze follow this link.
Bill Crumbleholme demonstrated making pottery and wife Diane (now elevated to role of Chief Stoker) looked after the bonfire firing. Set out below are some images of the firing and pottery from the two weekends in 2006.
Conclusions :: The conditions were
not good for firing, the high wind made controlling the rate of burning
difficult and tended to cool off the exposed pottery, leading to some
9th-10th September 2006 :-
Conclusion of second weekend :-
The Living History Feast on Saturday marked Bill's Birthday in excellent style.
The passing public and archaeologists
were very encouraging and purchased quite a few pots as reminders of their