Meet the ancestors is an educational program based on the experimental archaeology and simulation games. The educational program consists of 13 workshops grouped into four different modules.
HUNTERS AND FORAGERS (Mesolithic 8,000-4,000 BC)
- Making and use prehistoric tools: Know the techniques to elaborate tools in stone, bone and wood.Activity: Make a harpoon and one spear using prehistoric tools and natural glues.
- Hunting games: Explanation of hunting techniques used in the Prehistory and for indigenous societies. Activity: Experimentation with prehistoric hunting tools.
- Prehistoric Sounds: Explanation of the evolution of music from the Mesolithic to Bronze Age.Activity: Make and experimentation of mesolithic music instruments.
- The power of fire: Explanation of different techniques about the light fire and fire-camps in the Irish prehistory.Activity: Experimentation of one technique
- Making a basket: Explanation about the storage techniques in the Irish prehistory.Activity: How to make a basquet using the same materials that the first Irish hunters and gatherers used.
ARCHITECTS, FARMES AND ARTIST (Neolithic-Bronze Age 4,000-1,000 BC)
- The first potteries: Explanation of the pottery technology from the Neolithic to Iron Age in Ireland.Activity: Making a Neolithic pot and firing pottery.
- Building techniques, houses: Explanation about the settlement and building techniques the Irish Prehistory.Activity: Building a Neolithic hut with prehistoric tools and building materials (heather, mud, straw).
- The world of symbols:prehistoric art: Know the various techniques and motifs in the prehistoric art.Activity: Experimentation of cave art techniques.1. Elaboration of paints and brushes. 2. Drawing a prehistoric mural.
- The light in the prehistory: Explanation about the lighting in the daily life in the Irish Prehistory. Activity: Making a Neolithic lamp, wicks and experimentation.
FROM THE FIRST WARRIORS TO THE FIRST CHRISTIANS (Iron Age- Medieval Age 1,000BC-1,200 AC)
- Prehistoric fashion: Explanation about the clothes and fashion: Make-up, corporal adornment and others in the Prehistory and current tribal societies.Activity: Making a prehistoric ornament using the same materials and tools.
- Board games: celtics, romans and medieval. Teaching the origins and rules of the first board games from the Bronze Age to Medieval Age in Ireland. Activity: Making and playing board games.
- The first words: the ogham language: This activity is looking to explain the first words written in Ireland. Activity: Experimentation of the first writing techniques.
LITTLE DETECTIVES (Today, 2009 AC)
- Archaeological excavation in the playground: Show the role of the archaeologist in current society and the justification of the archaeology in our life. Activity: Archaeological excavation in a simulation site using the professional tools and techniques.