More archaeological engagement at the Green Man Festival
Last weekend, for the third year now, I had the privilege of managing Guerilla Archaeology‘s tent in the Einstein’s Garden science learning area of the Green Man Festival near Crickhowell in Wales. Our theme this year was “Lunatiks and Sun Worshippers”, which looked at how prehistoric people, and especially people in the Bronze Age, interacted with the heavens. Visitors were able to try on replicas of the Berlin and Avanton gold hats (made from flower pots!), make brooches based on the gold sun disc found at Banc Ty’nddôl in 2002 (although I attempted to base mine on the Nebra Sky Disk), and build Sewnhenge – a replica of Stonehenge on its correct alignment using 18″ sawdust-stuffed cushions (18″ in tribute to This is Spinal Tap). We also gave people tribal colours based on what the oxygen and strontium isotope ratios of their tooth enamel would have been if they had grown up eating and drinking only things sourced locally. I was also interviewed by BBC Radio Wales about Bronze Age bling, but I don’t think that made it to broadcast.
One of the musical acts on the main stage was Low, who have a recent single called Plastic Cup with archaeologically pertinent lyrics: