12 Jul 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Venue: See entry for venue details
Free, drop in

Come and find out what life was like for our ‘Ice Age’ ancestors, in this afternoon of demonstrations and activities organised by the University of Reading and University of Brighton in association with Reading Museum.

A Day in the Ice Age aims to show how our earliest ancestors survived in ‘Ice Age’ Europe. Some sessions will take place outdoors in the Forbury Gardens, and some will be held in the Town Hall, Blagrave Street. Sessions last about 30 minutes each and will run on a loop throughout the afternoon (from 3pm-6pm).

Sessions will include:

  • Tool-making (Forbury Gardens): Stone tool making with James Dilley of Ancient Craft
  • Hide-working & clothing (Forbury Gardens): Turning animal hides into clothing with Dr Theresa Kamper, who has been tanning skins using traditional techniques for over 20 years
  • Shelter building and fire-making (Forbury Gardens): Cold climate bushcraft with wilderness survival instructor Joe O’Leary
  • ‘Ice Age’ animals (Town Hall): Go on safari and meet the mammoths and other animals
  • ‘Ice Age’ humans (Town Hall): What did our ancestors look like?
  • ‘Ice Age’ toolkits (Town Hall): What tools did our ancestors leave behind?

For more information contact Dr Rob Hosfield (University of Reading, Archaeology Department).

This event is linked to a wider project run by Dr Hosfield and Dr James Cole from the University of Brighton and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, bringing together academics from across Europe to discuss the earliest humans and the climatic challenges they faced.