What an amazing day we all enjoyed in Keswick last week, which began with a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle in the morning. Despite the wet, windy weather blowing across the clearing, we were able to get up close to the stones as we considered what their purpose might have been 4500 years ago.
We have several theories – it was certainly a place of very special significance – perhaps of religious importance or a place for people to gather and trade! Other stone circles around the UK, are believed to have been burial grounds, but not Castlerigg, as no human bones have every been found in the locality.
During the afternoon, we moved indoors to enjoy three workshops with the museum staff. We were able to handle ancient stone axes that had been found in a cave on the Pike of Stickle which were believed to have been the remains of a stone-age axe factory! We learnt about how hunter gatherers during the neolithic period survived in ancient Britain and we also became real archaeologists searching for hidden artefacts in the earth.
See us here, learning more about life in Stone-Age Britain and how historians have been able to piece together so much information about this time long before writing was invented!