Chance For Youngsters To Learn About Scilly’s Prehistoric Past

bants carnYoungsters will have the chance to learn about prehistoric life on the islands next month, in a three-day course being run by the Council’s Children’s Service group.

It’ll be led by Somerset-based archaeologist Marc Cox in a partnership arrangement between our AONB and their counterparts in the Blackdown Hills. Mark is a member of their team.

He says it’s a chance for kids to learn how early people in Scilly lived their lives, the food they would have eaten and the houses they lived in.

Marc says Scilly has some of the best-preserved prehistoric sites in the country including the Iron Age community at Halangy Down and numerous Bronze Age tombs dotted around the islands.

And Marc says youngsters often relate to this early period in history because there was nothing written down, which means they have to use their imaginations.

He said it’s a great way to get them enthused and inspired to learn more about their heritage.

The group size will be 12 to 15 children with a different theme each day.

On the first day, they’ll learn about the society at Halangy. On the second, there’ll be a trip to St Agnes to learn about early skills, like making fire and pottery.

While on the third day, youngster will hear about death and ancestor worship.

The three full-day sessions are running on the 6th, 7th and 8th August and cost £22.50. Details can be obtained from Helen McGuinness at or call the Early Years Office on 423680.

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