Public engagement

Schools: The Mesolithic (under the term ‘stone age’) is now part of the National Curriculum, at Primary school, key stage 2. There is thus potential for South Yorkshire to develop local schools resources, much as has been carried out for other regions, and to encourage engagement with museum collections. We might even (not too fancifully) imagine visiting sites such as Deepcar with an app with a overlay of the structure recovered there.

General Public: A broader public interest likely to focus around the small size of microliths (as a feature rather than a limitation), the relationship of Mesolithic peoples to their environment and specific issues such as the design of hunting weapons. The region has been important in our understanding of the period, and there are likely to be museum collections (for example of unstratified finds) which could be used in schools or other public engagement.

For further information see:

http://www.theposthole.org/sites/theposthole.org/files/downloads/posthole_26_189.pdf

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zggbr82

http://www.starcarr.com/schools.html