Pots of fun back in the Iron Age

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RAIN and the rum­ble of thun­der failed to dampen the en­thu­si­asm of fam­i­lies who at­tended the Go Potty event at Chilston, held around ponds on land owned by the Heaths Coun­try­side Cor­ri­dor. The fun day was co-or­di­nated by the North Downs Young Ar­chae­ol­o­gists’ Club, with those at­tend­ing of­fered the chance to make their own pot by hand, just as pre­his­toric peo­ple would have done be­fore the ar­rival of the pot­ter’s wheel in the first cen­tury BC. An ar­chae­o­log­i­cal il­lus­tra­tor worked with chil­dren to pro­duce draw­ings of pots, both of replica arte­facts and of their new­ly­crafted cre­ations. The Iron Age liv­ing his­tory group, Can­tiaci, at­tended and mem­bers ex­plained how pot­tery was made and used 2000 years ago. Other Iron Age crafts and weaponry were also ea­gerly han­dled by vis­i­tors. Len­ham Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Group laid out a range of finds that have been made near Chilston Ponds, in­clud­ing pot­tery, flint tools and bone. More events are planned by the en­thu­si­asts from the vil­lages of Char­ing and Len­ham Heath.

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Young ar­chae­ol­o­gists Christo­pher and Katie Nelson, show off the pots they made at the Go Potty event

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