Amazingly, the landscape we live in today still holds monuments built by the people who lived here in the Bronze Age. Many of these are ceremonial monuments built to honour and house the remains of their dead.
2500 years ago this was one of the most important ceremonial lands in Europe, but today few people realise quite how important this Ridgeway was.
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Portesham residents have produced a beautiful Parish Map which will be unveiled on the village green on Saturday 12 September.
To celebrate this, a walk on 5th September will be part of the lead up to the unveiling. Starting at 10am the walk will last 2-3 hours: we will climb up past the quarry then north up towards Black Down where we'll turn west. We'll dip into the Hell Stone and then continue on past Hampton stone circle before turning south following the path through the withy beds and back to Portesham. We will cover the story of the bedrock geology and the ways in which it has helped shape the landscape and history of the parish.
**Plus there will be a sneak preview of the new Parish map for everyone joining the walk!!**
Portesham residents have produced a beautiful Parish Map which will be unveiled on the village green on Saturday 12 September. The event starts at 12 noon when Jim White, Chair of Dorset AONB, will unveil the map on its new plinth, and there will be food stalls (the Kings Arms will also be serving food), a jazz band and a guided walk around the village as well as a longer parish walk to explore Portesham's amazing archaeology. So do come along and join in the celebrations, and find out all sorts of wonderful facts and stories about the splendid Parish of Portesham.
Join archaeologist and ancient craft specialist James Dilley for an introduction to the art of flintknapping and an exploration of mankind's use of stone. James will give a flintknapping demonstration to help you understand and familiarise yourself with the process of making your own stone tools. Then use your own piece of flint to start making your tool kit and knife blade, under James' careful guidance. After lunch you will use your new stone tool kit to make the wooden handle for your Neolithic knife, and learn how to make and use authentic glue as well as the bindings to secure your flint blade. This workshop will be a fantastic experience of a new craft, and will leave you with a lasting and authentically ancient memento of the day to take home.
Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury Cost £30 (Please bring a packed lunch) To book call Artsreach on 01305 269512 For more information visit: www.artsreach.co.uk
Many Stone Age sites have been found along the South Dorset Ridgeway, and the flint axe is a a common prehistoric find, along with many stone tools. Join James Dilley and explore the art of making a Neolithic axe before having a go yourself! Learn how to work a piece of flint into an axe roughout then how to grind the axe surface to make your very own replica to take home. Using authentic materials, tools and techniques used by Neolithic people in Britain 6000 years ago, some previous flintknapping experience will be required for this workshop.
Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury Cost £30 (Please bring a packed lunch) To book call Artsreach on 01305 269512