Pots of fun back in the Iron Age
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.
Young archaeologists Christopher and Katie Nelson, show off the pots they made at the Go Potty event