Following rabbits on Land's End pulling some interesting artefacts out of the ground, archaeologists have recently descended upon the headland, discovering evidence of occupation of Land's End from the Stone Age, through bronze Age and into the Iron Age, with an Iron Age Hillfort and field systems emerging.
Set up with our camp (now two bell tents with awnings - going up in the world!) on the headland we spent three days entertaining and educating the public, as well as posing for countless photo opportunities with a great many foreign tourists.
Well, I say three days. Friday was glorious (hence the sunburnt face), with a steady flow of MOPs (Members Of Public), Saturday still beautiful, but a little windier, which seemed to put off some of the MOPs, and Sunday got very windy. One of our awnings tore under the strain, so we took it down, just as the rain started coming in!
Luckily, this is where our adaptability came into play, as we relocated to a training room in the main centre and proceeded to talk to MOPs there. The day was crowned by a visit from a family who'd come out especially to see us and spent 2 hours listening to a talk about many aspects of Iron Age British life, still asking questions as we reluctantly brought it to a close due to the centre closing!
This experience has led us to consider various options for back up plans should weather force us to pack down our Living History Encampment - Considering that future events may include young children who may become easily bored during an discussion aimed at adults, it may be an idea getting colouring in sheets with Iron Age artwork, or perhaps Iron Age people, to give young children something appropriate to do if we can't run Kiddy-Brit.
Highlights of the weekend?
- A lady asking if Cunomaglos' beard was real, resulting in her literally tugging it to test.
- A young girl asking if Caradoc, our British hunting dog, was 'a real dog'!
- Me stopping Tectomaros mid conversation asking what the hell the Easter Bunny had to do with the expansion of the Catuvellauni tribe, only to realise he was talking about their influence over the Eastern parts of Gloucestershire's Dobunni tribe (you try saying East Dobunni out loud!)
Yeah, I guess you have to be unhealthily obsessed with the Iron Age to find that so amusing...