We kicked off our festival events on 25th July at Beeston Castle, Cheshire. The day started with a guided tour of the crag, where we learned more about the discovery of flint Neolithic arrowheads dating from 5,500 years ago. The arrowheads provide unique evidence of prehistoric human activity at Beeston thousands of years before the castle was built there!
We also got the opportunity to undertake a behind the scenes tour of the site, including a replica Bronze Age roundhouse which was built by the site’s volunteers. We had a go at milling flour and boring holes using replica tools, and at flint knapping in a session led by James Dilley from Ancientcraft.
The day ended with a metalworking demonstration by James, where he cast a socketed Bronze Age axe head. The axe head is similar to the prehistoric examples found at Beeston and after the event, James donated to the site to be displayed in the museum there.