Youngsters get a sense of ancient times

A JOURNEY back into Sheffield's Iron Age past was enjoyed by youngsters who took part in a new heritage project at Heeley City Farm.

Children took part in the building of model replica roundhouses of the era - one of the earliest types of permanent dwelling ever seen in Britain.

The aim over coming months will be to go one step further and recreate the real thing. The project, titled Digging Our Roots, has been put together by the farm with help from Sheffield University and funding from the Lottery.

The scheme, aimed at families, has been run with the help of students and archaeology lecturers who are helping weave willow branches with clay and bronze casting - with bronze also being melted down to form replica tools and weapons. Youngsters also had a go at leatherworking, making bags and accessories which would have been essential in Viking times. It is expected the project will continue for several months and visitors will be welcome to join in.

Project manager Sally Rodgers, a Sheffield University graduate, said: "We are very excited about this fantastic opportunity to build the first roundhouse in Sheffield since the Iron Age."

Lecturer Dr Roger Doonan said the farm had worked very hard to obtain the necessary funding: "It is a great pleasure to be supporting Sally and her team."

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