The Iron Age (Celts)
During your school trip, your group become members of the Atrebates tribe, and settlers in these lands. We are nearby the town of Calleva Atrebatum, where manufactured goods, such as horse and chariot gear, were exchanged for metals, grain, slaves and other commodities from across southern Britain. In turn these were passed to the Roman world in exchange for luxury foodstuffs and manufactured goods.
Our historical narrative will allow your children to experience Iron Age life, with visits to us having the opportunity to use our onsite settlement. Through a range of activities, they experience elements of culture and life in Iron Age Britain, the impact of the Romans and can re-enact one of the most famous Celtic stories, Boudicca. Your children will experience drama and fun in the activities that they do with us, all of which promote historical understanding, teamwork and problem solving.
Iron Age skills
Experience key skills needed to support life- carding, spinning, wattle fences and use a flint and steel.
Celtic tales and poetry
Learn stories and songs from Iron Age culture
Ground exploration- Ogham Trail
Explore the grounds to discover how we use the world around us to survive
Hunting- bow making
Learn how to make your own bow and arrow set from natural materials to take away
War paint and warfare
We are very proud of our culture, which has become even more important to our tribal identity since we resettled. In uncertain times, our war paint is part of our psychological advantage over enemies
It is a time to be thankful for a seasonal festival or the new peaceful home we have found, and forget about the concerning rumours from the Eastern tribes. Halfway through the feast, disturbing news of the Iceni reaches us. Include dance, tales and poetry
Investigate a range of Celtic objects. What materials are used and why?
Study Celtic life in terms of their leisure pursuits- try your hand at some ancient games
Celtic fire lighting
Experience an element of Celtic life by trying to start a fire using ancient techniques
Create your own Celtic torc to wear, learning some metalwork skills along the way
The surrounding forests are excellent hunting grounds for boar and deer – especially necessary for a successful feast! We must sharpen our skills to ensure that the tribe can celebrate in style
Re-enact the story of Boudicca’s Revolt- were the Iceni right to rebel against Rome?
Life on the farm
Work hard on the farm through milking, wattling, grinding grain and interacting with the animals