Ancient skills revived on Sheffield course

People make Roman jewellery and Bronze Age axes at a smelting course in Ecclesall Woods.
People make Roman jewellery and Bronze Age axes at a smelting course in Ecclesall Woods.
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ROMAN jewellery and Bronze Age axes were recreated in a new woodlands course.

A group of people took part in the launch of Ecclesall Woods’ craft courses by smelting copper ores into metal, at temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees.

They then tried their hands at making dress brooches and sickles.

Dr Roger Doonan, a senior archaeology lecturer at the University of Sheffield for former Time Team consultant, who led the bronze smelting and casting course, said everyone enjoyed the experience.

He said: “It’s great to work with such a nice group at such a fantastic facility.

“The Woodland Discovery Centre seemed true to its name with so many of the group discovering the lost arts of the early metalworkers.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with other groups.”

Two more courses are planned.

n Visit www.ecclesallwoodscraftcourses.co.uk for more details.