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Community Archaeology

The ‘Make and Break’ Project Performances

The ‘Make and Break’ project – the school outreach element of the Tinkinswood Community Archaeology Project continued in 2012, and again in 2013 with 5 schools joining in, each one producing their own performance at their local Neolithic site. To find out a bit more about the project, have a look at a previous post outlining the scope of the project here.

The schools involved in 2013 included Cila Primary School in Swansea, St Nicholas Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, Ysgol Y Frenni in Crymych, Ysgol Morswyn, Holyhead and Ysgol Bro Ingli in Pembrokeshire.

We recorded all the performances, and below is a full recording made during a performance at Tinkinswood chambered tomb in 2012 by children from St Nicholas Primary School:

As part of the 2013 project we produced a video to give the schools as taster of what to expect.

This video is based on snippets from previous years:

We have recently been working on an article which explores the children’s experiences. The collection of interviews gathered reveal how the children perceive the Neolithic past, and especially about the way they felt more free, spontaneous and natural through expressing ideas about the past at Tinkinswood itself, as opposed to being in the classroom. The results suggest that community archaeology can be used to ask big philosophical questions about mortality and religion, providing a new way to approach sensitive topics, without privileging one worldview over another.

The article is being published in the next issue of ‘Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture’ published by Routledge. We will let you all know when it becomes available in the next month or so.

Happy New Year!

Ffion Reynolds & Dylan Adams

About FfionR

I’m Ffion, archaeological researcher at Cardiff University and Heritage and Arts Manager for Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. At Cadw, my role is to oversee projects that link heritage with the arts, inspire new ways of engaging people with our built environment and to link people with their local heritage and archaeology.

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